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Key words: friendship, self-awareness, social awareness, social management

The purpose of this lesson plan is to allow students to explore the content of the Rosie video The Art of Safe Sexting by refining their understanding of the legalities around sexting and devising a social media campaign to educate their peers about the issue.

Class grouping: Whole Class or Individual
Time: 60 mins

See video transcript here.


Teacher Instructions


Activity: Sexting


PREPARATION AND MATERIALS:

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to design software (optional)
  • A5 blank card
  • Pencils, markers
  • Tracing paper (optional)
PROCESS:

PART 1 Respond to Rosie video ‘The Art of Safe Sexting’:

  • After watching ‘The Art of Safe Sexting’ video, ask students to identify anything that was new, surprising or interesting to them about the information provided in the clip.
  • Ask them to visit www.lawstuff.org.au to clarify their understanding of sexting and the rules regarding it in their state. They should answer the following questions:
  1. What is sexting?
  2. When is it legal?
  3. When is it illegal?
  4. What are the penalties?

Extension: discussion questions

  1. Can you think of any stereotypes that exist in relation to sexting?
  2. What sorts of cultural values and beliefs inform those stereotypes?
  3. How can we challenge these stereotypes or beliefs?

PART 2 Thought Bubbles

  • In small groups, ask students to identify one aspect of ‘safe sexting’ they think it is important for their peers to know about. They may wish to focus on the legal aspect of sexting for example, or on the longevity of digital images.
  • Ask them to come up with a hashtag for a social media campaign intended to educate teenagers about sexting. Encourage students to be creative and to experiment with the message and tone of their hashtag.
  • You could also ask students to identify any recent hashtags they think have been particularly effective, or allow them to check out the ‘Shorty awards’ for some inspiration: http://shortyawards.com/category/7th/hashtag

PART 3 Identifying Healthy Traits

  • Next, tell students they are going to be designing a postcard campaign aimed at getting the message out about safe sexting – or about the consequences of illegal sexting –to an audience of their peers. The postcard should be specifically designed with a teenage audience in mind.
  • It might be helpful to show students some examples of award winning postcards before they get started: https://www.avantcard.com.au/blog/postcard-awards/

PART 4 Make a Plan

Ask students to create a plan for their postcard. It should include the following:

  1. A clear statement outlining the message they are trying to communicate to their peers and the aim of their postcard. E.g. what is the message, what do they hope to achieve by communicating it?
  2. Detail about the concept for their postcard. This should include an idea of the sort of image they are going to draw/source (you may wish to supply tracing paper), and the design of their postcard including image and text layout.
  3. The original hashtag they have devised for their campaign.

PART 5

Allow students time to create their postcards. Leave time at the end of the class for students to share their hashtags and their postcards. Consider allowing students to vote, holding awards for your class’s best hashtag and best postcard.

If appropriate, you may wish to encourage your students to present their postcard to school leadership, with a view to displaying copies of the postcard around their school for educational purposes.

Tip:

If you have students who struggle with the visual component of this task, a simple online search will reveal many websites that allow for the free design and creation of postcards.


 

Student Instructions

Activity: Sexting


Task:

After watching Rosie’s ‘The Art of Safe Sexting’ video, you are going to create an illustrated postcard informing your peers about ‘safe sexting’.

Instructions:

PART 1 Raise awareness

  • In a small group, agree upon one aspect of ‘safe sexting’ that you think it is important for your peers to know about.
  • You could choose a legal aspect of sexting for example, or you might want to focus on the idea that ‘digital images last forever’.

PART 2 Hashtag it

  • Next, come up with a hashtag for a social media campaign intended to educate other teenagers about that aspect of sexting. Be creative and experiment with the message and tone of your hashtag.
  • Can you think of any recent hashtags that have been particularly effective? If not, you could check out the ‘Shorty awards’ for some inspiration: http://shortyawards.com/category/7th/hashtag

PART 3 Design your postcard

Once you have come up with your hashtag, it’s time to think about planning and designing your postcard campaign. The campaign should be aimed at getting the message out about safe sexting – or about the consequences of illegal sexting – to an audience of your friends and peers.

Create a plan for your postcard, which includes the following:

  1. A clear statement outlining the message you are trying to communicate to your peers.
  2. The aim of your postcard. E.g. what is the message, what do you hope to achieve by communicating it?
  3. Details about the concept for your postcard. This should include an idea of the sort of image you are going to draw/source, and the design of your postcard, including image and text layout.
  4. The original hashtag you and your group have devised for your campaign.
Tip:

You and your group might like to look at some examples of award winning postcards from the Avant card ‘Postcard of the Year Awards’ before you get started: https://www.avantcard.com.au/blog/postcard-awards/


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