Sexting - Why we should #KeepItPG
Klaudia reports from the 2018 YSI Awards showcasing her favourite project from the day
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The Young Social Innovators Awards (YSI), took place on Tuesday, May 8th 2018. The event showcased 33 projects at Croke Park in Dublin, and an amazing project by students from Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, County Limerick.
A group of youths from Limerick tackled a growing issue in modern society that affects the underage population- sexting. Sexting is the sharing of sexual content through texting and photos on a mobile device. It is a topic gaining more coverage in the media on a daily basis. “Our goal is the introduction of a law for sexting” one of the students remarked. Ardscoil Mhuire worked hard to educate young people to act appropriately and within the law when they receive a text message. They aimed to promote the law, such as the rules on creation, possession and distribution of underage sexting.
The students took action as they campaigned for a specific law on sexting to be introduced. They felt that the current law is not appropriate and the sentence under the law is too harsh for underage youth. The team plan to help change Snapchat into a free from underage sexting zone.
#KeepItPG was in talks with Minister Zappone and Minister Flanagan on the issue. They hope to make their campaign a European success in the future, after receiving a positive response in their school and local community.
They used their project to campaign for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal which are positive goals set by the world to be achieved by 2030. The ‘Get the Message’ project focuses on goal number 4- education and goal number 16- peace, justice and strong institutions.
As well as that, they created a text-message and bookmarks to promote appropriate behaviour online.
Sexting, Get the Message follows the motto;
Projects at the YSI awards celebrate the use of media to express concerns and promote young people’s innovations. The #KeepItPG movement aims to keep the internet a happy and safe space for all. We are creating a brighter future for ourselves by speaking out loud.
It is a duty and pride to take the step forward to tackle an issue in our world and we should be inspired by schools like Ardscoil Mhuire in Limerick and their students. I urge you to speak out on injustices and not to fear change.
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