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A video teaching young women about “safe sexting” has sparked controversy.

Government officials are even slamming its use in Australian classrooms.

The “Art of Safe Sexting” video, which is available to high school students, gives advice for young women on how to protect themselves when indulging in “some flirty banter”.

The video is hosted on an Australian website called Rosie, describing itself as “a unique online space where young women can connect with the best digital resources out there, helping them to navigate life’s tricky situations”.

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The safe sexting advice encourages young women to crop out anything that easily identifies the person taking the picture, stay sober, not share other people’s images and to seek help if you are worried about a photograph, shares nine news.

We can’t avoid the topic of ‘sexting’

Program author and Fitzroy High School teacher Briony O’Keefe said avoiding conversations about sexting were impossible.

“The fact sexting is tricky doesn’t mean we should give up on talking about it,” she told the Herald Sun.

“We know they are going to engage in it, so a harm minimisation approach is really important.”

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino lashed out at the video, saying it was not endorsed by the department.

“These (the sexting tips) are not appropriate,” he told the newspaper. “The Department of Education has a clear policy and resources on sexting that are available for teachers, students and parents.”

Do you think this is an important message we need to teach our teens?

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  • rovermum said,
    Do you realise that schools are teaching sex education to young age primary school children?
    In the late 1980s some schools in SA were teaching sex education to pupils in the first 3 months of starting school. One child even knew that the baby comes out head down. The Mother hadn’t taught her daughter that much as she didn’t consider she was old enough to understand.

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  • It’s up to me as a parent to educate my children on what is right and wrong about sexting. No-one else should have that right.

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  • I am the person responsible for teaching my teen how to behave appropriately on social media and via text. We use stories like this as a teaching moment. Whilst such topics may be included in secondary school subjects from Year 9 onwards, It is not the role of schools to teach my child about sex and sex-related topics. I will do than when I see fit. This story and situation is frightening, and parents should be worried. But many parents I know won’t be worried, they’ll be pleases someone else is handling such situations for them. Unfortunately.

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  • I would actually prefer them to not do it at all and will teach our children along that avenue, but if they are going to do it they will do it — it’s not like I don’t remember being a kid and doing things that I knew I shouldn’t do. So with that in mind, this advice is actually not too bad to follow.

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  • Shouldn’t we be teaching them about self respect and not doing this? I think teaching ‘safe sexting’ is just going to encourage them and encourage predators.

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  • I don’t think it is wise to encourage it for youngsters.

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  • While I see the attraction of NO, I think realistically, we need to be offering advice about increasing safety. If they’re going to do it, they need to know how to be as safe as possible.

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