Family Lives responds to Daily Mail sexting story

News of Chevonea Kendall-Bryan’s death are very upsetting for everyone concerned and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time.  Everywhere children and young people turn they are bombarded with idealised and sexualised media images which present unrealistic ideas about body image and what one should do in order to be successful or popular male or female in today’s schools and society generally.  We know from contact made with Family Lives that many parents are concerned about the multiple pressures children and young people face in a sexualised and fast-paced communicative digital world.  Family Lives’ Teenboundaries Project is solely devoted to encouraging and empowering self-respect, stopping sexual bullying and promoting positive gender relationships.  Teenboundaries aims to support schools and community groups in delivering high quality Personal, Social and Health Education and Sex and Relationship Education.  We recommend adopting a holistic whole school approach when addressing instances of sexist, sexual bullying - such as the distribution of images - which is illegal where minors are concerned.  Family Lives works with schools and youth professionals to ensure that children and young people have the tools to deal with coercive pressures, and can make positive and healthy choices to reach their fullest potential in every aspect of their lives.”

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive