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Services for Schools

As a pioneering educational charity using the latest neuroscience research along with sound pedagogical principles, The Reward Foundation  delivers interactive lessons for pupils from age 11 to 18 years as part of the PSHE/SRE curriculum. Our approach is to provide age-appropriate materials for pupils to help them navigate the online cultural environment today. By being aware of the health, legal and relationship impacts of bingeing on internet pornography, they can avoid becoming snared by it or seek out help if they do. We also empower parents to engage effectively with their children at home on this tricky topic. To this end we use our own interviews with medical and legal experts and recovering users to put the academic research into a practical context. We signpost tools and support for parents and teachers. The materials are suitable for faith-based schools.

The Reward Foundation is currently conducting a pilot project in a number of Scottish state schools that provides 2 lessons each for P7, S2/3 and S5/6. No pornography is shown. Teachers will teach the lessons using materials supplied by us about how the evolving adolescent brain learns and develops. Teachers can adapt the lessons  based on their experience of pupils’ needs and capabilities. The pilot project will run till the end of September 2018. On completion and after evaluation with input from teachers, pupils and parents, we hope to make the lessons available to schools on demand for a small fee. Our charity does not currently receive any government funding.

Otherwise, The Reward Foundation offers a variety of interactive session for schools delivered by us to a whole year group as a lecture or in small group workshops and discussions tailored appropriately to fit the age group. They last 40-50 minutes. Again, no pornography is shown. We work with both single and mixed gender groups according to school’s preference. Materials are diversity-friendly.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS 

  1. S2/3: Sexting: the health and legal issues 
  • How the adolescent brain learns
  • Why the adolescent brain is vulnerable to overstimulation from bingeing
  • Legal case studies about adolescents charged with sexting offences
  • Video interviews with young porn addicts who have recovered
  • How to build resilience and where to get help
  1. S5/6: Mental and physical impacts of bingeing on internet pornography
  • Effects on attainment and productivity
  • Risks of behavioural addiction and sexual dysfunction
  • Critiquing the influence of the pornography industry as part of the ‘attention economy’
  1. 24-Hour Digital Detox in 2 sessions c.7 days apart: The exercise covers all internet use.
  • Part 1 includes initial discussion about research on “persuasive design”, on instant gratification and self-control; tips on doing the detox
  • Part 2, debrief on what they experienced from trying this 24-hour detox during the intervening week
  • See news stories about digital detoxes/screen fasts with S4 and S6 pupils at Edinburgh school.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

  1. Awareness about Potential Harms from Internet Pornography (P7 only):
  • My Plastic Brain: understand the job of the old and new brain (wanting and thinking)
  • Recognize how the brain responds to the environment and learns habits
  • Understand how online sexual imagery can upset my thoughts; what to do if I see videos and pictures that upset me
  1. 24-Hour Digital Detox in 2 sessions c.7 days apart: The exercise covers all internet use.
  • Part 1 includes initial discussion about how the internet can stop us wanting to connect with others and rob us of our sleep; tips on doing the detox
  • Part 2  discussion about what they experienced trying this 24-hour detox during the intervening week

SUPPORT FOR PARENTS

  • Talk to parents about latest evidence around harms and strategies for dealing with problems. This helps break the ice for discussions at home
  • Strategies, in cooperation with school, to help children build resilience to harms associated with internet pornography in particular

Please contact us for a free written quotation. The Reward Foundation can also provide custom-designed lessons to meet your needs. 

Prices are VAT free and will include all travel within the central belt of Scotland and materials.

The Reward Foundation does not offer therapy.

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