SchoolTV: A Conversation on Consent

Posted on April 08, 2021

Earlier this year, New Zealand based research was published calling for sexual consent and healthy relationships to be better taught in schools as a preventative measure against sexual abuse. This comes after another previous study highlighted that pornography is now the “default learning tool” for many young teenagers in New Zealand.

It is important for teenagers to understand that consent must be explicit for any sexual activity, including kissing and touching. Although relationships and sexuality education is mandated in some form throughout the school curriculum, there is wide variability on the subject matter based on interpretation and levels of expertise.

Adult carers should not rely on schools to equip their tamariki with the skills, knowledge and strategies they need to negotiate healthy relationships. Adult carers need to also be proactive and start having conversations around consent sooner rather than later. It is not enough for you to assume your teenager knows or understands what consent means and the implications surrounding it.

This Special Report offers guidance around normalising the topic of sexual consent to ensure your teenager experiences healthy and respectful relationships. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, SchoolTV welcomes your feedback – [email protected]

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