• OWLS

  • Wise words on Privacy


Key Messages

  • Please check everything in this module to make sure that it is suitable for your students.
  • Information uploaded to phones and the Internet can travel extremely quickly, to anyone. (See the lesson on "What people will think of you if you post this")
  • Even if deleted, once the image has been sent, you have no control over who has copied it or sent it on.
  • The Internet is a permanent digital footprint. Your name will come up in search engines linking you to something you may regret for the rest of your life, your children’s lives and even your grandchildren!
  • Everyone makes mistakes. Know what to do if you make one. (See the lesson on "Who do you go to when things go wrong")

Illustrating the topic

Discussion Questions

  • Have you ever received a sexual message or naked picture on your cell phone?
  • Has anyone ever asked or pressured you to send a nude or sexual picture?
  • Do you think it’s OK to send “sexy” images?
  • What could happen to you if you send or forward a naked picture?
  • How likely is it that images and messages intended for one person will be seen by others?
  • What do you think of sites that self destruct the image after you have viewed it? Are they any different? (no, because ‘screen grabs’ can be made or photographed)
  • How do you think you would feel if someone you trusted shared your image?
  • Can someone use an image/video of you to persuade you to do something you wouldn’t normally do because they threaten they will pass it round if you don’t? (sextortion).
  • Is there any difference between forwarding images and pornography?


  • Use the online interactive resource ‘padlet’ (http://padlet.com/) to share thoughts and opinions after watching the sexting videos?

  • Who does it affect? Using the graphic organiser, ‘how are your choices affecting other people?’ (refer Resources), write an example of a sexting incident - what you would do, and who (and how) this would affect others in that person’s life. The people this could affect can include parents of the person in the image, the initial receiver of the image, the friends of the initial receiver, teachers, grandparents, potential employers, etc.

  • Read the article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/28/revenge-porn-degrades-women which outlines one woman’s struggle with her working reputation (she works in education), her personal life (she changes her name), her legal struggle, and defeat. ‘Revenge Porn’ is a form of bullying which can ruin lives.

  • Using Wordle www.wordle.net/, or Tagxedo www.tagxedo.com create a ‘word cloud’ from a brainstorm of the feelings it evokes.

  • Watch both video clips:

    http://www.thatsnotcool.com/TwoSidedStories.aspx?Title=PRESSURE PIC PROBLEM http://www.thatsnotcool.com/VideoIndex.aspx?title=Show me your Battery

    These are humorous ways to get a serious message across in a non-offensive way. Within a group of 3 decide to re-enact either the ‘show me your battery’ or the fruit video. Both will be funny, but will get the message across.

  • Create informative posters that warn of the dangers of sexting. This could include deleting the image - it’s better to be part of the solution than the problem. If you choose to send it on it is distributing pornography, and that’s against the law.

  • Permanence. What happens to a sxt once it is sent (refer to the activity ‘teach students how texts work’ at http://www.edudemic.com/guides/the-teachers-guide-to-keeping-students-safe-online/)

  • Invite a local police officer to visit the class to talk about when sexting might be criminal.