YCWW: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

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Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase III: Findings from Canada’s largest research project on children and teens’ Internet use are now available. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital …

Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase III: Findings from Canada’s largest research project on children and teens’ Internet use are now available. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age examines issues such as sexting, romantic interactions online and accessing pornography and information about sexuality.

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  • 1. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age May 2014 Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts
  • 2. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age May 2014 Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts In 2013, MediaSmarts conducted a national survey of 5,436 Canadian students, grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, to explore the role of networked technologies in their lives. Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age is the fifth in a series of reports which draw on the rich data that was collected.
  • 3. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Exploring Sexuality and Relationships: The Internet as a Resource
  • 4. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 14%of students say they use the Internet to find information about relationship problems (like advice on dating, getting along with family or friends, dealing with bullies).
  • 5. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Looking for information about relationship problems online: Gender
  • 6. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Looking for information about relationship problems: Grade
  • 7. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 8%of students say they use the Internet to find information about sexuality.
  • 8. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Looking for information about sexuality online: Gender
  • 9. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Looking for information about sexuality: Grade
  • 10. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 13%of students say they have pretended to be someone else online to flirt. Boys are more likely than girls to say they have done this.
  • 11. Exploring Sexuality and Relationships Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Saying you were someone else online to flirt: Grade
  • 12. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Boyfriends, Girlfriends, Best Friends and Family: Managing Relationships Online
  • 13. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 59%of students in grades 7-11 think that boyfriends/ girlfriends should be able to read what they post online. Who should be able to read your social network posts?: Grade
  • 14. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Who should be able to read your social network posts?: Gender
  • 15. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 8%of students in grades 7-11 have deleted, or have asked someone to delete, something that was put online so that their boyfriend or girlfriend would not see it.
  • 16. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Deleting content posted by self: Grades 7-11
  • 17. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Who should be able to track location: Grade
  • 18. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Who should be able to track your location? Gender
  • 19. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Reading private messages without permission: Grade 22%of students in grades 7-11 agree that boyfriends and girlfriends should be able to read each other’s private messages without asking permission.
  • 20. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Reading private messages without permission: Gender
  • 21. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Willingness to share passwords: Grade
  • 22. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Willingness to share passwords: Gender
  • 23. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Using privacy settings to block someone from seeing social network posts: Grades 7-11
  • 24. Pornography Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Pornography
  • 25. Pornography Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Do you do the following things online? At least once a day At least once a week At least once a month At least once a year Less than once a year Never Look for pornography (Grades 7-11 only) 8% 7% 4% 2% 2% 77%
  • 26. Pornography Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Grade Boys Girls 7 8 9 10 11 Look for pornography At least once a day 14% 1% 2% 6% 7% 11% 12% At least once a week 14% 1% 1% 5% 8% 12% 11% At least once a month 7% 2% 1% 3% 6% 6% 7% At least once a year 2% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% Less than once a year 3% 1% 2% 1% 4% 3% 3% Never 60% 93% 93% 83% 75% 67% 65%
  • 27. Pornography Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts 3% 4% 3% 1% 2% 86% 9% 9% 5% 2% 3% 72% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% At least once a day At least once a week At least once a month At least once a year Less than once a year Never Site rules No site rules Site rules and looking for pornography online
  • 28. Managing Relationships Online Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Sexting
  • 29. Sexting Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Cell/Smartphone access: Grades 7-11
  • 30. Sexting Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Percentage Yes Have you ever sent a sext of yourself to someone? 8% If you answered Yes, did they forward it to anyone else? 24% Has someone ever sent you a sexy, nude or partially nude photo (a sext) of themselves? 24% If you answered Yes, did you forward it to anyone else? 15% Have you ever received a sext that was forwarded to you by someone else? 21% Sexting: Students with Cellphones, Grades 7-11 only
  • 31. Sexting Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Sexting: Students with Cell Phones, Grades 7-11 only 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 7 8 9 10 11 Grade 1a Received sext created by sender 1b Forwarded sender- created sext 2a Sent sext of self to someone 2b Sext of self was forwarded by recipient 3 Received sext forwarded by other
  • 32. Sexting Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Sexting: (Students with Cell Phones, Grades 7-11 only): Gender
  • 33. Sexting Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age © 2014 MediaSmarts Having a rule about respecting others online and forwarding of sexts
  • 34. Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age was made possible by financial contributions from Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and The Alberta Teachers’ Association.