The Problem

Kids growing up in today’s digital world have very different experiences than those from previous generations. We are currently in the midst of a seismic social experiment. Never before have kids been immersed in an online world (Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, apps, gaming and various other platforms) where they are bombarded with hypersexualised images, adult themed video games and free online hardcore porn.

As access to technology increases, young people are constantly internalising messages which can confuse their understanding of healthy relationships, shaping their attitudes, behaviours, expectations, brain and emotional development. The “Internet of Things” changed everything, but with technology at our fingertips, the doorway for exploitive messages swings wide to our young people.

Our Response

IQ PROGRAMS are a whole-school educational package designed to equip kids & youth to confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges.

COMPASS IQ and AGENCY IQ are signature programs within the IQ package, designed to safeguard kids and youth in the online and physical environments. GROWTH IQ and SUSTAIN IQ focus on personal development, relationships and holistic sexuality education – foundational skills essential for personal and relational wellbeing.

COMPASS IQ (ages 4-12)
safeguarding kids in online & physical environments

GROWTH IQ (ages 4-12)
cultivating kids for healthy relationships & development

AGENCY IQ (ages 12-16)
fortifying youth in online & physical environments

SUSTAIN IQ (ages 12-16)
advancing youth for sustainable relationships & sexual health

The Outcomes

Commencing release in 2019: Compass IQ for early childhood, children and tweens, and Agency IQ for teens.

  • IQ PROGRAMS respond to student protection requirements and prevent sexual harms by addressing the impact of sexually explicit material and analysing its influence on behaviours.
  • IQ PROGRAMS provide inclusive, age-appropriate content and sequential delivery as a whole-school approach.
  • IQ PROGRAMS target the malleable phases of childhood development to reinforce healthy and metacognitive thought processes, setting a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
  • IQ PROGRAMS offer guidelines for implementation and suggestions for school policies, processes, and practices.
  • IQ PROGRAMS reflect the Social and Emotional Learning approach advocated by CASEL, fostering self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness.
  • IQ PROGRAMS adopt a holistic sexuality education approach that covers a broad range of issues relating to the physical, emotional, social and cultural aspects of development.
  • IQ PROGRAMS foster a balanced and positive attitude to sexual wellbeing.

Inclusions

FOR EDUCATORS: receive online training and comprehensive lesson plans and resources, informed by sound conceptual frameworks and relevant research. Face-to-face training is available upon request.

FOR STUDENTS: gain the self-awareness and critical thinking skills necessary for informed decision-making so they can confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges.

FOR PARENTS: partnership with the school community, detailed information on lesson content, and access to free online tools to learn about hypersexualised media and porn. Face-to-face training is available upon request.

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