Tackling online sexual harassment

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A Europe-wide project to tackle online sexual harassment has published the latest in a series of awareness-raising films and is also offering resources to schools and families.

Put an end to online sexual harassment – what will you do? hears directly from young people themselves, who make pledges about how they will respond if they see sexual harassment online but also tell adults – including parents and teachers – how they can support young people who report sexual harassment.

It is part of the Project deSHAME initiative being led by young people in the UK, Hungary and Denmark. The film (pictured) is the third in the series following earlier films looking at what online sexual harassment is and what you should do if you see it.

Research for the project found that half of 13 to 17-year-olds have witnessed people their age circulating nude or nearly nude images of someone they know. Furthermore, 56 per cent of young people in the UK said that embarrassment was the main reason they would not report online sexual harassment.

Project deSHAME has developed practical resources for schools and parents to help instigate open and regular conversations about this issue. There are also lesson and assembly plans, posters, teacher resources, and guidance for schools.


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