Exposed: The effect of pornography and sexualised media on students (Proficient)
Purpose of this course:
The course has been designed to give you access to some of the current research on the effects of pornography on students and to provide some resources for dealing meaningfully with this issue with both students and parents. It highlights the research of Rev Marshall Ballantine-Jones which is based on Year 9 students but is relevant to teachers of younger students as the research shows that the average age of exposure to pornographic material is 10–11 years.
Course structure and timing:
Exposed: The effect of pornography and sexualised media on students is an eight-hour, online course. The course has seven modules and involves Readings, Videos and Interactive Learning Tasks – discussions and reflection exercises that are an application of the learning to the participant’s school situation.
Explicit course outcomes:
- To develop an awareness of the widespread use of internet pornography among adolescents.
- To develop an understanding of the negative effects of watching pornography on the adolescent brain, attitudes and behaviours.
- To develop an understanding of the negative effects of watching pornography on relationships.
- To develop an understanding of the human rights abuses suffered by porn stars and the interconnection of the industry with trafficking.
- To provide access to some resources that can be used by teachers and to provide a forum where teachers can share resources on this topic.
- The participant can express an understanding of the key research findings.
- The participant engages with the discussion and raises concerns about critical issues raised by this research.
- The participant shows evidence of engaging with other participants in dialogue about responding to these issues.
- The participant completes tasks that prepare them to interact with parents in proactively dealing with this issue.
Module 1 looks at the who and why of the problem, and why it is escalating. It uses stories and statistics to introduce the nature and severity of the problem.
Module 2 explores the international research in this area as well as the research by Marshall Ballantine-Jones using Sydney schools.
In Module 3 participants dig a little deeper and explore how pornography viewing affects the individual. Research is presented that explains the effect of watching pornography on neural pathways that mimics drug and alcohol addiction. The significance of these effects on the adolescent brain, changes in attitudes and behaviours, and the path to addiction are explained.
In Module 4 participants dig a little deeper and explore how pornography viewing affects relationships. This learning is based around several stories of recovered participants who are also a testament to the possibility of recovery.
In Module 5 participants dig a little deeper and explore how pornography viewing affects society. The relationship between the life of porn stars and trafficked women and children alerts participants to the widespread commercial aspect of pornography and the damage to those who enter the industry as well as to those who are trafficked and become victims by default. The stories are told by those who have survived and have recovered.
Module 6 is an overview of Bible principles that are important when we are explaining a modern form of sexual perversion.
Module 7 explores a proactive approach to dealing with this issue in our schools. Marshall's suggestions are explored and resources are provided for teachers and parents. This unit also alerts teachers and parents to hidden apps many students have on their devices and gives advice that teachers can pass onto parents about how to monitor children's activities online. The key message of this module is the importance of open and ongoing communication with young people in today's world. Learning Tasks are applications of the learning to the participant's own school situation. Many of them are discussions where participants share their learning, learn from one another and grow together.
Anglican EdComm Member Schools: Complimentary
Anglican EdComm Individual Members: Complimentary
Non-member Schools: $320pp
August 2 to September 19, 2021
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