Risky behaviour on the Internet and sexting

Communication on mobile devices has become a natural part of our lives – especially now, in the age of ‘the lockdown’. They make life easier, but unfortunately, it is also much easier to cross various boundaries than in a face-to-face relationship. One of the most common boundary violations today is the distribution of nude photos on mobile devices to children and young people. Photos and videos of oneself and other children are sent or forwarded online, but the consequences are very real, painful and difficult to erase.

We offer practical training for teachers, social educators, school psychologists, day centre staff and other professionals who work with young people on a daily basis. Topic: prevention and help in situations involving sexting among children and teenagers. By gaining a deeper understanding of the problem of sexting, you will be able to explain it more easily to children, as well as be better at noticing risky behaviour and providing the necessary support.

The following topics will be covered in the training:

  1. The relevance of the problem of risky behaviour on the internet, its prevalence and why we should talk about it.
  2. Reasons for risky behaviour on the internet, the impact of pornography and harmful sexual behaviour among children.
  3. Risk factors, signs and consequences of sexting.
  4. What we can do to prevent this from happening: discussions with children, advice for parents.
  5. What should one do if this has already happened and what is required by law?
  6. Methodology developed by Dardedze specialists for working with children in forms 5–9. It is intended for the duration of one class (40 minutes) with the educator choosing the most suitable activities for the specific group of children. The programme includes discussions, case studies and group work.
  7. We will analyse examples of specific situations, use various videos and participants will receive practical materials to use in conversations with children.

Learn more about this topic in the description of the ‘I Only Forwarded’ campaign.

Training led by: social worker Janeta Bokaldere and psychologist Liene Nikolajeva.

Duration of the seminar: 8 academic hours.

Cost: 520 eur (for organization)

Venue: online (Zoom)

For more information, please e-mail us at apmacibas@centrsdardedze.lv