PSHE / Citizenship / Computing GCSE: Sensitive Pictures
This short film uses a real life story to explore the legal and emotional consequences of sharing sensitive photos.
Aspects of the law around possessing and sharing naked pictures are covered.
The use of a true story highlights how easily a person might be led into sharing a naked photo of themselves and the possible negative consequences of doing so.
It is also useful in pointing out the supportive role that adults can play in helping in such a situation and provides an encouraging message about seeking help when difficulties may arise.
The top tips section at the end should provide useful take-away points for students.
Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, we strongly advise teacher viewing before watching with your pupils.
Your students could watch Laura’s story and then use the top tips at the end of the film to help them to write advice to Laura about what she should do.
The advice could come before she sends her first sensitive picture and/or after she has already sent them.
This short film could be used to help students to understand the motivations for sharing sensitive pictures and to practice assertive ways of responding to requests for these kinds of pictures.
Students can watch the whole film and then work in pairs to discuss why Laura continued to send pictures even though she felt uncomfortable and identify the strategies used by the boy to get her to send more pictures.
Students could then work individually to rewrite parts of the script so that Laura responds to the requests in a different way.
It is useful for everyone to carry out this task so that they have an understanding of how it feels.
Students can practice the new assertive responses in pairs.
This is a positive technique for equipping students with ways of responding if they are ever in a similar situation.
Remember that anyone can be asked for a naked selfie and so these practice responses apply to everyone.
Links to new statutory RSE and HE curriculum (secondary)
Online and media: pupils should know about online risks, including that any material someone provides to another has the potential to be shared online and the difficulty of removing potentially compromising material placed online; not to provide material to others that they would not want shared further and not to share personal material which is sent to them; that sharing and viewing indecent images of children is a criminal offence which carries severe penalties including jail.
Intimate and sexual relationships: how to recognise the characteristics and positive aspects of healthy one-to-one intimate relationship, which include mutual respect, consent, loyalty, trust; that there are a range of strategies for identifying and managing sexual pressure, including understanding peer pressure, resisting pressure and not pressurising others.
Other subject areas
This short film could be used across other subject areas such as citizenship.
This subject requires students to learn about the law and being a responsible citizen.
In this kind of lesson students could look at a variety of laws related to relationships and sex and discuss why the law is needed and how these kinds of laws are changing with the rise of new technologies.
A related example could be to do with the new laws around upskirting, which students could research and discuss in relation to sensitive images and consent.
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.