Children’s charity call on all to ‘Step Up, Speak Up’ to end sexual harassment online
Step Up, Speak Up! includes a range of resources for young people and the professionals who work with them, including teachers, pastoral teams, senior school leadership and police forces.
New educational resources, ‘Step Up, Speak Up!’ have been published by children’s charity Childnet as part of a Europe-wide project to tackle online sexual harassment carried out by young people.
Defined as ‘unwanted sexual conduct on any online platform’, online sexual harassment amongst young people has been an increasingly present issue in schools and local communities. These freely available resources will aim to:
- Support all schools, youth groups and education settings across the UK to tackle online sexual harassment
- Increase awareness and understanding on peer-on-peer online sexual harassment
- Address responses to those targeted, including tackling victim-blaming culture
- Call on young people to report if they see it happening online
- Support teachers and other professionals such as police, to effectively prevent and respond to this issue.
The resources are launched at a moment when government policy is looking to address the online issues young people are facing, with the upcoming DCMS and Home Office Online Harms White Paper soon to be published. The Department of Education have also released their statutory guidance on Relationship and Sex Education which will be mandatory for all schools from September 2020.