From sexting to school improvement: new research
The new Research Highlights present an overview of findings from two major research projects.
Young people’s experiences of sexting
- The main motivating factors for producing and sending images were: fun, flirting and meeting new people; exploring sexuality; seeking affirmation; social acceptance; part of a romantic or sexual relationship; and being asked or coerced. Youths commonly described a combination of factors, with images created in a range of contexts.
- Experiences were diverse and ranged from online grooming, where children were pressured or coerced to produce images, to the creation and sending of images within the context of a caring relationship.
- Most participants carefully considered whether or not to send a nude image and took steps to mitigate perceived risks (e.g., keeping identifying features hidden or asking a partner to send an image first)
School standards in online safety
This presents an overview of the results of the analysis of the self-assessment data collected from the 360 degree safe tool (https://360safe.org.uk/) launched by SWGfL in November 2009, and used by over 8000 schools across the country.
The report presents key findings about school standards, with areas of strength:
- Almost 65% of schools have excellent or good connectivity and filtering in place.
- Almost 70% of schools have strong online safety policies in place
As well as areas of weakness:
- Almost 50% have not conducted any staff training to date around online safety.
- Almost 60% of schools have no engagement with the community on online safety issues.
- Over 50% of schools have no means to evaluate the impact of their online safety strategy.