What are the unique characteristics of the fantastic, plastic, adolescent brain? How does sexting and pornography influence sexual conditioning/ programming? How can I shape my brain and behaviour to make me a more interesting and attractive person?
”Of all activities on the internet, porn has the most potential to become addictive” say Dutch neuroscientists Meerkerk et al 2006.
Pornography & the Adolescent Brain is the second of our three lessons on Sexting. It can be taught as a stand-alone lesson or after Introduction to Sexting and before Sexting, the Law & You (Scotland). This lesson is suitable for ages 11-18 years and was updated in May 2021.
Pupils learn about the strengths and vulnerabilities of the adolescent brain. They discover how best to build their own brain to become a more successful person. No pornography is shown in this fully resourced, diversity friendly lesson.
There is an opportunity for discussion in pairs or small groups and for feedback as a class. The Teacher’s Guide provides you with all the information you need to deliver the lesson confidently. There are links to research papers where appropriate and signposting to other relevant websites.
The Reward Foundation is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners to run training on the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health.
We have worked with a range of experts including more than 20 teachers, many experienced in developing training materials for schools, lawyers, youth and community leaders, psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists and many parents. We have piloted the lessons in schools across the UK.
Resources: 28-slide PowerPoint (.pptx) and a 21-page Teacher’s Guide (.pdf). There are hot links to relevant research and further resources.
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