Just a joke?

Lesson plans, quick activities, a quiz and teaching guide designed to explore problematic online sexual behaviour with 9-12 year olds. 

  • Who is this toolkit for? Open or Close

    Educators of all children aged 9-12 years old.

  • What does this toolkit include? Open or Close
    A range of resources to help educators explore problematic online sexual behaviour, including:
    • Three lesson plans
    • Quick activities 
    • An interactive quiz
    • Teaching Guide
  • What is this toolkit about? Open or Close

    This toolkit explores problematic online sexual behaviour, with a focus on online sexual harassment e.g. bullying or harmful behaviour online based on gender or sexual orientation stereotypes, body-shaming, nudity and sexually explicit content.

    In resources that are used or seen by children,we use the term ‘cyberbullying’ and refer to the specific type - cyberbullying that uses gender stereotypes, body shaming or nude images. This is because we know the words ‘sexual’ and ‘harassment’ may not be understood, used or appropriate for 9-12 year olds.

  • What are the learning objectives? Open or Close
    • To support educators in delivering high quality PSHE/PSE and relationships education lessons.
    • To give children a safe space to discuss, explore and challenge peer to peer online sexual harassment e.g. bullying or harmful behaviour online based on gender or sexual orientation stereotypes, body-shaming, nudity and sexually explicit content.
    • To discuss with children how they can be good friends online.
    • To raise awareness of this issue to prevent it from becoming normalised.
    • To give children the confidence to report unacceptable online behaviour.
  • Why was this toolkit created? Open or Close

    This toolkit for 9-12 year olds follows on from the creation of the 'Step Up, Speak Up!' toolkit for 13-17 year olds. Feedback on these resources showed the need and desire for a toolkit to address this topic with a younger age group; this is where the beginnings of online sexual harassment were being noticed, and a need to challenge it early was identified.

    Find more information about the project and its beginnings here.

  • Is there anything else I need to know? Open or Close

    This toolkit:

    • recognises online sexual harassment as a form of sexual violence;
    • recognises that there is no single way that a child may experience online sexual harassment;
    • recognises that it can affect children who witness it, as well as those who experience it; and
    • focuses only on peer-to-peer online sexual harassment (taking place between children who know, or know of, each other).

    This is not a resource about online grooming. For further advice and resources to address adult sexual behaviour towards children online, or to report this issue or any other concerns around online grooming, please visit ceop.police.uk.