PSHE / Citizenship / Computing GCSE: Pornography

This short film explores some real-life experiences around pornography.

It highlights some of the negative impacts porn can have on relationships if viewed as a ‘how-to’ guide to sex.

The top tips section at the end should provide useful take-away points for students.

Use of this short film should be within a broader programme of relationships and sex education and should only be used after establishing class guidelines for discussion of sensitive and controversial issues.

Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with your students.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be useful for addressing consent and could be used as part of a whole lesson on this theme.

Students could discuss what consent is and then watch the film and revisit their initial discussion.

One of the key features of this film is the two true stories from two different young people. Students could watch the first section to ensure that all students have the same understanding of what pornography is.

They could then think of ways it might have negative or unintended consequences.

Teachers could then show the first story and ask students to identify the negative consequences for that relationship.

The same could then be done for the second story.

After watching the stories and the rest of the film students could take on the role of agony aunt and give advice to the different people presented in the film about using pornography.

Whilst the subject matter is treated sensitively and is presented in a way that is suitable for students, it may be more appropriate for older age groups and supporting discussion and activities should be carefully considered.

Links to new statutory RSE and HE curriculum (secondary)

Pupils should be taught the rules and principles for keeping safe online. This will include how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how and to whom to report issues.

Online and media: pupils should be taught that sexually explicit material presents a distorted picture of sexual behaviours, can damage the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect the way they behave towards sexual partners. Being safe: laws relating to sexual consent … and how these can affect current and future relationships

Intimate sexual relationships: how to recognise the characteristics and positive aspects of healthy one-to-one intimate relationships, which include mutual respect, consent, loyalty, trust, shared interests and outlook, sex and friendship.

Other subject areas

This short film could be used across other subject areas such as media studies, computing, English or citizenship.

Within media studies the film could be used in lessons about age ratings and choosing what to watch.

Within English or citizenship there is scope to use the film as a stimulus to debating the availability of pornography or the responsibility of internet providers to block inappropriate content.

This film also provides a way of discussing aspects of internet safety and how to notify providers of inappropriate online content, including where to go for help or advice about any content that causes upset or concern.

Curriculum Notes

This series touches on elements of PSHE, citizenship and computing at GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

More Digital Literacy / Online Security:

Fake News
Live Streaming
Self Image and Mental Wellbeing
Copyright and Ownership
Sensitive Pictures
Online Gaming
Trolling and Cyber-Bullying
Digital Footprint
Online Security