This workshop encourages young people to consider the many different types of relationships that they have, with friends, family, and adults that have a prominent and influential role in their lives i.e. teachers, sports coaches, and the boundaries that govern these relationships, why boundaries are important, how to recognise and exert our own, and the importance of acknowledging and respecting others.
Discussion to prompt pupils to share ideas and reach a consensus of what makes for a healthy positive relationship. We look at power and consent within relationships and pose the question; is it hard to refuse consent for something that makes you uncomfortable, if the person seeking your consent is in a position of power over you? How do we deal with this, who do we tell?
Pupils are advised on key differences between a secret and a surprise and are challenged to recognise and manage this with scenario activities.
Online relationships, via social media and online gaming platforms such as Xbox live and PlayStation network are discussed with the aid of the NSPCC video’s ‘I saw your willy’ and ‘Lucy and the boy’ These highlight the risks and consequences involved with sending images via snapchat, and entering into conversations and forming ‘friendships’ with people we don’t know in real life, and the ways in which people can pretend to be someone they are not online.