Films

As part of the Step Up, Speak Up! campaign to raise awareness around online sexual harassment, Project deSHAME has produced two short animated films for young people aged 13-17 to help identify, define and understand what online sexual harassment is.

These films set out to encourage the viewer to recognise that online sexual harassment is not acceptable and to take positive action if they see this happening.

Film 1: ‘What is online sexual harassment? Addresses what it is and how it can make someone feel.

Film 2: ‘Who would you tell if you saw online sexual harassment?’ delivers a clear message about the positive outcomes of reporting unacceptable behaviour, and the different people who you can make a report to.

In Film 3: 'Put an end to online sexual harassment - what will you do?' Young people in the UK, Hungary and Denmark have come together to tackle online sexual harassment and what they need from adults to help them to put an end to it.

After watching these animations, we would like young people to be able to:

  • Identify what online sexual harassment is and what forms it can take
  • Recognise that it is wrong, and it does not have to be an accepted part of being a teenager
  • Understand that you can do something about it and reporting it is easier than you might think

Film 1: What is online sexual harassment?

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Key things you can ask your class after watching this film:

  • What is online sexual harassment? Open or Close
    In the Project deSHAME report, online sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence.
  • How can online sexual harassment make people feel? Open or Close
    Think about both the person it is happening to and the bystander seeing it happen.
  • Why is it important to take action and help if you see or hear about online sexual harassment? Open or Close
    Together we can all make a difference and put an end to online sexual harassment. 
  • Without discussing anything, hands up how many of you have either heard about, seen or experienced online sexual harassment? Open or Close
    The probability is that all, or nearly all, will have experienced or witnessed online sexual harassment in some form or another.

Film 2: Who would you tell if you saw online sexual harassment?

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Key things you can ask your class after watching this film:

  • What is online sexual harassment? Open or Close
    In the Project deSHAME report, online sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual conduct on any digital platform and it is recognised as a form of sexual violence.
  • What would you do if you saw it happening? Open or Close
    Familiarity with reporting options is key but equally, stepping up and speaking to someone you trust is a positive action.
  • What reporting options were suggested in the film? Open or Close
    Report button on a device; speaking to someone you know or trust; contacting a helpline; reporting it to the police.
  • Why is it so important to call this out? Open or Close
    Online sexual harassment can make a person feel (list of negative emotins) and no one should be made to feel this way. It should not be considered a normal part of being a teenager and it needs to be challenged if we want to stop it happening and support one another online.

Film 3: Put an end to online sexual harassment - what will you do?

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Key things you can ask your class after watching this film:

  • What are you going to start doing to stop online sexual harassment? Open or Close

    Some ideas suggested in the film include: tell my peers that online sexual harassment is not okay, talk face-to-face, make sure the person on the receiving end is okay, speak up and say that reporting is the right thing to do.

  • What do you think adults should do to help? Open or Close

    In this film young people explain how they want adults to support them when they face sexual harassment online. This may be by listening without judgement or by gaining knowledge of the sites or servies that they use. The young people you work with may have their own examples of how the adults in their lives could work to support them.

  • What will you pledge to do? Open or Close

    As part of Project deSHAME we are encouraging everyone to help put an end to online sexual harassment. 

    Children and young people, schools, parents and carers, and organisations all across the UK are invited to make a pledge to take action and step up, and speak up when they see sexual harassment happening online. Download your pledge cards today.