K-12 Online Pornography and Adolescent Sexual Health

This workshop will define the differences between print-based and internet-based pornography, discuss the use of online pornography by preteens and teens, and highlight research showing their effects on sexual health, norms and development. Online communities that both promote harmful behaviours and those that offer support will be shown. Strategies to assist youth harmed by online pornography will be provided. The workshop will be primarily lecture and multi-media slide presentation. Participants will be provided with an online handout providing all the references and resources presented in the workshop.

Target Audience

All Grades K-12

To Bring/Important Notes

Participants may bring their technology and access the online resources during the presentation. 


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • Merlyn Horton

    Merlyn Horton (BPA)  is CEO of SafeOnline Education Associates and, in 2001, pioneered internet safety education in British Columbia. From 1985 to 2000 she provided services to high risk, sexually exploited youth and victims of domestic violence, as counsellor, outreach worker and advocate. From 2000 to present,  she has educated over 200,000 people, in B.C., throughout Canada and internationally.