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Nurturing Young Minds

Edited by Dr Ramesh Manocha & Gyongyi Horvath
To read the full chapter go to Volume 2, chapter 9, pp. 131-148.


Jeremy Blackman

Senior Advisor, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Jeremy Blackman is Senior Advisor, Cybersafety at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. After many years as a secondary school English and digital literacy teacher, his current work focuses on issues surrounding social media and online behaviour, and ensuring youth perspectives are considered in industry initiatives. Jeremy has written, presented and facilitated discussions on these topics across Australia and internationally. One of his ongoing major projects at the foundation is the design of the educational framework and content for the eSmart Digital Licence – an award-winning, interactive cybersafety resource for teachers, parents and children.


Lesley Podesta

CEO, Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Lesley Podesta is CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. She came into the not-for-profit sector after undertaking a number of senior roles in the Australian Government, including five years as head of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.


This chapter aims to provide readers with a deeper understanding of youth sexting and the risks involved, as well as suggest strategies for how to connect with, educate, guide and support young people on these issues.

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Connect Safely – US website with e-safety information for parents and teachers:

Digital Licence – Online e-safety quiz and resources for teachers, parents and children:

Esafety – Information and incident reporting for parents, teachers and children:

Albury, K, 2016, ‘Politics of sexting’, revisited in Negotiating Digital Citizenship: control, contest and culture, Rowman and Littlefield, London.

Albury, K, Crawford, K & Byron, P, 2013, Young People and Sexting in Australia: Ethics, Representation and the Law, The University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Boyd, d, 2014, ‘It’s Complicated – The social lives of networked teens’.

Lee, M, Crofts, T, McGovern, A & Milivojevic, S, 2015, ‘Sexting among young people: Perceptions and practices’, Australian Institute of Criminology, free PDF download:

Manocha, R (Ed), 2017, Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds: Generation Next, Hachette Australia, Sydney.

Mitchell, A, Patrick, K, Heywood, W, Blackman, P & Pitts, M, 2014, ‘National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013’, La Trobe University and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Free PDF download: 

Shields Dobson, A & Ringrose, J, 2015, ‘Sext education: pedagogies of sex, gender and shame in the schoolyards’, Tagged and Exposed, Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, Taylor & Francis, New York.

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