Cybersex Educational Strategies

Giovanni Cucci, SJ

 Giovanni Cucci, SJ / Issue 1910 / 9 October 2019

Prevention is key to combating cybersex. The clear need to encourage young people to exchange views and dialogue on the issue can be met to some extent through schools. There, educators are called upon to develop effective education programs for growth in managing affections and proper use of the internet, to reflect on its potential impact, using, for example, news stories to raise discussion in classrooms. When educators act on the issue with the collaboration of parents, it is noticeable that young people are more readily aware of what is at stake and the possible consequences of their choices.

The importance of informed dialogue

For some years now the United States has been developing an educational project, the National Health Education Standards,[1] which seeks to articulate the affective-sexual dimension in the light of new technologies. Students were first informed about the possible criminal consequences of visiting child pornography sites, sexual advances to children, accidental or unsolicited distribution of pornographic material and spontaneous practices such as sexting.[2] The project also focused on a number of issues that are the subject of training and teaching in the areas of sexuality, identity and self-knowledge, as well as the ability to engage in healthy relationships.

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