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”.
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.”
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