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Women’s dissatisfaction with body image begins at a very young age. It is estimated that infants recognise themselves in mirrors at about two years of age. As many girls and young women will attest to, it is not long after that when they begin to dislike what they see.
Concern with appearance is not an entirely new phenomenon, and every period of history has had its own standards of what is beautiful. However, a rise in mass media and advances in technology have normalised exceptional beauty standards and as such, extremely rigid standards of body image have become the norm. Idealised standards of beauty range from size zero, to perfectly proportioned curves, to the emerging trend of ‘fitspiration’; all body image standards which are unattainable for many women. More importantly, mainstream portrayals and perceptions of body image often fail to take into account older women, women of colour, disabled women or LBT women.
I was on the Steering Group of The Y Factor, the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s youth movement, and during this time myself and other young women involved discussed the effects that poor body image can have on our lives and the lives of others. Hillary Clinton once famously quipped, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” We live in a world where a woman’s style is a bigger story than the substance of what she has to say. And when the majority of women are unhappy with how they look, this is a real problem.
Just 16% of the Dáil and just 10% of the boards of big business in Ireland are made up of women. Traditional leadership roles are also extremely difficult to access for anyone with diverse identities due to intersecting oppressions. But how can we encourage young women to enter politics, or any traditional leadership role, if the reality of the situation is that they will be judged more for how they look rather than what they have to say? We are constantly trying to encourage women of all ages to aim high and to be ambitious, but how can we increase the number of women leaders when there are very few role models, in those leadership roles for them to look up to? Instead they look elsewhere.
It is obvious that things need to change in Ireland for young women. We need to dismantle the myths and stereotypes imposed on children from the earliest age; that girls prefer pink and boys prefer blue; that young women study home economics and young men study woodwork; that women become carers and men become leaders. We need to smash these and other stereotypes and oppressions, and ensure everyone has the space and resources to choose their own path and their own reality, regardless of who they are, what they look like or where they come from. That’s real equality.
Studies have shown that women and girls hold back from participating in everyday life due to body insecurities. The obsession with how women look undermines the broad spectrum of what women have to offer, and impacts hugely on how we engage with the world. This is not acceptable.
The Y Factor and NWCI are holding workshops with young women on the issues of body image and leadership. These workshops are about providing a space for young women to discuss for themselves and with each other, what body image and leadership means to them. The workshops will also seek to empower participants to challenge and change the narrative for themselves and for the next generation.
On the face of it, we see a Dáil almost full of men, making choices for women. While the voices of all political debates are largely male, there are huge numbers of young women who are breathing energy and life into feminism right across Ireland. The level of interest in NWCI’s “Through the Looking Glass” workshops demonstrates that young women are frustrated with the status quo, and are ready to change society’s focus on their appearance, and that they want to be at the forefront of making that change a reality.
We are determined that the Ireland of the future will be a different place for young women.
“Building on our work with young women through The Y Factor, NWCI are holding workshops with young women on the topics of body image and leadership. Young women are concerned with how they are portrayed in the media, around the popular culture of over-sexualising women, and how these lead to unrealistic ideas of “beauty”. In a world where a woman’s appearance is highly valued, and sexualised images of women are everywhere, a negative body image can prevent young women from undertaking everyday activities and can hold them back when it comes to speaking out and taking leadership. There is also an absence of women in leadership roles in Ireland. As a result women’s voices and perspectives, as leaders and role models are largely absent in the media and in young women’s everyday lives.
Our first workshop is this Saturday, with our ambassador Sinead Burke, aka Minnie Melange. Together, we will explore these issues, and together build a plan for action and change. If you would like to get involved this Saturday, or in future workshops, there are more details here”
The most recent referendums of 2015 on Marriage Equality and the Age of Eligibility for the Office of President saw a surge in young people registering to vote and getting involved in the political process. Lots of young people got involved with the YES Equality campaign, canvassing in their areas and asking people to get registered and to vote. Even though the President’s Age referendum didn’t pass, that’s not to say young people should feel discouraged from getting involved in the process – now is a great time to find other ways to stay involved.
If you’re a university student, you can get involved with your Students’ Union or with societies on campus, and if you’re in secondary school, you could join your student council, or find out if your school is part of some of the organisations mentioned below.
However, there’s still plenty you could do outside of an education setting.
See the National Youth Council of Ireland website for more organisations.
If there’s an organisation you’re interested in, find out if there’s a youth wing or other ways to get involved!
This factsheet is an extract from the publication Know Your Rights: The Rights of Children and Young People, published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and the Children’s Rights Alliance. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the ICCL and the Alliance. Download the publication in full from www.knowyourrights.ie or www.childrensrights.ie. Know Your Rights is a public information project of the ICCL designed to inform people in clear and accessible language about their rights under key areas of the law in Ireland."
As a victim of crime, you have the right to report that crime to the Gardaí (police). However, it is up to the Gardaí and the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to decide whether or not to investigate the crime and bring it to court. If the crime involved violence or a sexual offence and it goes to court, the court must take into account the impact that the crime had on you when deciding the sentence.
There is a Victims Charter and Guide to the Criminal Justice System which tell you about your right to services provided by state agencies to crime victims. You can find these on the website of the Probation Service – www.probation.ie.
That depends. If a suspected offender is found guilty, the judge may order them to give you financial compensation. If you were injured or died as a result of a crime of violence or while helping someone to prevent a crime or when saving a human life, your parent or guardian can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal on your behalf.
The Crime Victims Helpline is a national helpline offering support to victims of crime. You can contact the helpline by phoning LoCall 1850 211 407 on Mondays from 10am to 7.30pm, Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm. Or, you can access the helpline online at www.crimevictimshelpline.ie. The National Crime Council has a list of services for victims of crime at www.crimecouncil.gov.ie.
As the victim of the crime, you may be asked to appear as a witness to the crime. See below: ‘Will I have to go to court if I am a witness to a crime?’
You should discuss this decision with an adult you trust. It is good practice to report all crimes to the Gardaí. For some serious offences, such as a sexual offence against a child or a vulnerable adult, it is a crime not to tell the Gardaí what you know.
You might. It depends on what you saw or heard and whether the State wants you to be a witness in the case. If you are asked to tell the court what you saw, you may be able to do so by a live television link during the trial from a different room so that you don’t have to go into the courtroom. You might also be asked to speak privately with the judge, possibly in the company of your parents or guardian.
The alleged criminals will not necessarily be told who reported the crime. But anyone accused of a crime has a right to hear the evidence against them, and so they will be able to see and hear what you say to the court.
Yes. There are a number of supports available to you such as: the Court Support Service, phone (01) 872 6785, 087 288 552 or visit www.courtsupport.ie; Childline, phone 1800 66 66 66; the Crime Victims Helpline, LoCall 1850 211 407.
A Garda can search you without your consent, if the Garda has good reason to think you have committed an offence. This applies to everyone under the age of 18, including babies. The Garda does not need the consent of your parent or guardian. The Garda should tell you why you are being searched. Gardaí usually need a search warrant to search a house or other premises. A court, or sometimes a senior Garda, can issue a search warrant.
A Garda can search your car if the Garda has good reason to think that: you have committed or are about to commit an offence under the Offences Against the State Acts, such as a homicide or other specific offence; or you are in possession of a controlled drug such as cannabis or heroin or others specified under the Misuse of Drugs Acts.
A Garda can also search your car under various other powers.
Generally, a Garda cannot enter your home without your consent. However, there are some exceptions. The most common is if the Garda has a valid search warrant or is chasing a suspect.
A Garda needs a warrant for most entries and searches of property but not for all. For example, a Garda can enter your home to arrest someone suspected of committing a crime.
In general, a security guard does not have any power to search you without your permission. He or she should hand you over to a Garda to carry out a search. This should be done as soon as possible.
The Gardaí have the same powers whether they are dealing with a child, a young person or an adult. But, if you are under 18, the Gardaí must take more account of your age and your level of maturity.
The Garda in charge of the Garda station must tell your parents or guardian that you are in custody, why you are there and that you have the right to a solicitor. This Garda must ask your parents or guardian to come to the station as soon as possible.
No. You have the right to have a solicitor with you during questioning. In addition, if you are under the age of 18, the Gardaí are not allowed to question you or ask you to make a written statement without your parent or guardian present, except if: they cannot get in touch with your parent or guardian; your parent or guardian has been told but has not come to the Garda station in a reasonable time; or the Gardaí believe that people or property might be at risk of harm if questioning is delayed.
The Gardaí can also refuse to let your parent or guardian sit in on the interview. They can do this if they believe that your parent or guardian could have been involved in the suspected offence or that their presence might cause an obstruction of justice, for example if your parent might interfere with the interview process. However, if the Gardaí want to question you without one parent or guardian present, they must try and arrange for your other parent, another relative or some other responsible adult to be present at the interview.
The Garda in charge of the Garda station must make sure that you are not detained with adults unless there is no other secure accommodation available.
Yes. You have the right to be told in clear, easy-to-understand language that you are under arrest and the reason for your arrest.
See the ‘Child and Young Person' section of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Know Your Rights guide on criminal justice and Garda powers which you can find at www.knowyourrights.ie. The guide will tell you about your rights when dealing with the Gardaí, and about:
A child suspected of breaking the law is generally referred to the Juvenile Diversion Programme by the Gardaí. If you accept responsibility for breaking the law (also known as ‘committing an offence’), and are between the ages of 12 and 18, you can be considered for this programme. You have the right to talk with your parent or guardian and a solicitor before you make this decision.
The Juvenile Diversion Programme aims to prevent young offenders from entering into the full criminal justice system by offering them a second chance.
You, your parents or guardian, your Juvenile Liaison Officer (JLO), and possibly another member of the Gardaí and the victim will attend a meeting to discuss and highlight the seriousness of your offence and its effect on the victim(s).
If your offence was minor, you will receive an informal warning (known as a ‘caution’) from the JLO in your home or at a Garda station. If the offence was more serious, you will receive a formal caution in a Garda station from your JLO or a senior Garda, and possibly also in the presence of the victim. You will have to take steps to make sure you avoid further trouble, such as staying in school and saying sorry to the victim. You may also be supervised by a JLO for up to 12 months.
No. Your involvement in the Garda Juvenile Diversion Programme is confidential. The only person who will be told is a judge, if you appear in court for committing an offence after being admitted to the programme.
No. A Garda Diversion Project is like a youth project run by the Gardaí and other community organisations. It aims to help young people, who have come to the attention of the Gardaí or the Child and Family Agency to avoid situations where they might risk breaking the law. There are over 100 Diversion Projects around the country. See www.iyjs.ie.
This court hears cases involving children and young people under the age of 18. There is a Children’s Court building in Dublin. Outside Dublin, the Children’s Court is usually held in a District Court building on a different day than the court hearings for adults.
The Children’s Court can deal with most criminal cases which involve a young person under 18. It does not deal with serious offences such as manslaughter. Serious offences must be dealt with in the Central Criminal Court. Sometimes a young person charged with a serious offence can choose to go before the judge of the Children’s Court or be tried in an adult court by a jury.
If you do not go into the Garda Juvenile Diversion Programme, you may face prosecution and have to go to court. You will go to the Children’s Court or, if you have committed a more serious crime, you will go either to the Circuit Court or the Central Criminal Court. You have the right to have your parent or guardian present for the hearing.
Yes. In the Children’s Court, your hearing will be at a different time, on a different day or in a different courtroom than regular adult court hearings. That means you won’t be in the same place as adults who are facing criminal charges. The judge should also run the trial in such a way that you understand what is happening.
It depends on which court you attend. In general, if you are under 18, the court will sit in private with only court staff, solicitors, your parents or guardians, and the Gardaí present. Your name should not appear in the media or online. If someone tells your identity to the public, they can be fined or sent to prison.
Yes. The type of solicitor will depend on the nature of the charges against you, and your family’s ability to pay for one. If your family cannot afford a solicitor, you will qualify for legal aid (a free lawyer). Before you are appointed a solicitor, the Director of Public Prosecutions must decide if you will go before the Children’s Court or the Central Criminal Court for a jury trial.
The courtroom is a formal place and you are expected to behave in a serious way. Ask your solicitor before your hearing to explain what the courtroom looks like, who will be attending your hearing, and where everyone will sit. If you don’t understand what is happening during the hearing, ask your solicitor to explain the hearing to you.
One of three things could happen.
If this happens, the judge might decide to:
If the judge decides to hear your case, the judge may:
A family conference is a meeting between you, your family and a probation and welfare officer to work out a plan for you to follow instead of you being convicted and sentenced. Following the plan will help you to stop offending.
Your solicitor will tell you about what will happen at the conference and in court. They will also tell you how you should behave. You should always ask your solicitor if you are unsure about what is happening in court or what will happen afterwards.
The judge will sentence you to a punishment. The punishment will depend on the crime you committed and how serious it was, and on your personal circumstances, as assessed by a probation officer. Punishment can include:
Probation and detention are explained in the next sections.
Probation is a formal warning that the judge may give you instead of sending you to detention. The court may order you to stop committing the offending behaviour and may set down certain conditions for your behaviour for a specific length of time. You will be assigned a probation officer whose job is to make sure that you follow the conditions in the court order.
You can be brought back before the court for punishment and possible detention.
Your rights will only be affected in that you may have to complete an education or training course, stay under close supervision by the probation officer and remain living in a specific place until the probation period is over.
The Young Persons’ Probation (YPP) Service is a special division of the Probation Service which works with young people aged 12 to 18 who come before the courts. The YPP promotes the use of community-based sanctions and restorative justice to reduce re-offending.
This depends on your age and gender. Most young people sentenced to detention will go to a Children Detention School such as Oberstown or Trinity House in Dublin. Children Detention Schools provide education and training, but they are secure facilities which means they are locked and you are not free to come and go.
However, if you are male and aged 17, you may be sent to a young person's unit in an adult prison while the building of a new facility at Oberstown for people your age is ongoing.
You have a right to have your health, safety and welfare looked after. You must be treated with respect and be protected from discrimination and harm, including bullying. You are entitled to see your family and continue your education.
Yes. If you have a complaint about the way you are being treated in detention, you should complain to the person in charge using the Irish Youth Justice Service’s complaints system. You can find out more about this at www.iyjs.ie.
If you are not happy with the response to your complaint, you can appeal to the Director of the Children Detention School. If you are not happy with the outcome (result) of the appeal, you can complain to the Ombudsman for Children.
No. There are no formal supports available for those leaving detention although community groups might help you find a job, training placement or somewhere to live (if you do not go home). If you are under 16, your social worker should work with the staff in the Detention School and your family to put a plan in place for you to leave detention and return home, or an aftercare plan if you are 16 or over.
If you are under 18, the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, must support you if you cannot return home.
This depends. You may have to tell people about your conviction when you are applying for a job or a visa to visit another country. But if your offence was not serious, you can have your conviction removed from your record if you do not offend for three years after you turn 18. If this happens, you don’t have to tell anybody about the offence.
Some convictions cannot be removed from your record, for instance if you were convicted in the Central Criminal Court or if your offence came under the Sex Offenders Act 2001.
For many school leavers and college graduates, the first step on the career path will be a job in a call centre. This was the case for me and for the six months I worked in that environment, I was experiencing levels of stress and anxiety that I had never experienced before. From the angry customers to the pressure of monthly targets, there are plenty of things that this type of role can throw at you that may get you down.
To give an example, on one particular occasion in the company I was working for, I was given out to by my team leader for being 7.2 seconds over on my lunch break. This may sound extreme but it was the norm. Also from what I have heard from my friends in similar jobs, their experiences weren’t too far off.
When I first started, I would be getting home from work absolutely exhausted and in a bad mood because of all the negativity that was being thrown at me on a daily basis. As I settled in however I started to find ways to lighten my own mood and make sure that when I clocked out at the end of my shift, I was leaving any negativity or stress behind me. Here are some of my own tips which may help you cope and possibly send you home in a good mood:
I have worked a few different jobs at this point but without a doubt my call centre experience was the most difficult one I have ever had. On the plus side, I managed to build lifelong friendships that will never be broken. It is true that every cloud has a silver lining and you will find that if you try to adopt a more positive approach, your days will start to become much more manageable.
With the proper equipment, cycling can be a great way to get toned without the gym. One of its great benefits is that it does not have to be an added part of your daily routine. If work or some shops are close enough, take the extra time to bike there. You will be killing two birds with one stone; toning those muscles and getting where you need to be. An important thing to remember when cycling is that the bike suits you; this means that the handlebars and seat are positioned properly for your body. This will reduce your risk of injury. Bikes can be expensive to buy but they are worth the investment. If you are working, it might be useful to check out the BikeToWork scheme.
Pump up your favourite playlist and get moving! Need some instruction, but don’t want to join a class? There are plenty of dance videos available and even step-by-step tutorials on YouTube to get you moving. You need only turn on the television to see the great things dancing can do for the bod, with all those professional dance shows, but dancing is also directly linked to improving the mind!
Certain exercises can be taxing on the joints, but exercising in the water eliminates the impact that often causes injury. This is great news for anyone with knee problems, as the impact on land can negatively affect the knees. Swimming is a great way to tone the body because every movement is meeting the resistance of water. It is also a form of exercise that works multiple parts of the body. Swimming directly benefits endurance and heart health. You can take swimming classes, look-up tutorials to bring to the pool, or just freestyle your own swimming exercise routine. Swimming is also linked to producing endorphins that improve mental health, like anti-anxiety and depression. Don’t forget that Ireland is an island so you’re probably not living too far from the sea if you’re feeling adventurous.
Hiking is a great form of exercise for people who like to spend time in the great outdoors and getting in touch with nature. Even if you shy away from bugs and dirt, there are plenty of moderate hiking trails to suit different styles. Hiking is also a great way to exercise with a friend or a group of people. Hiking benefits the heart and works the lower muscles of the body. However, hiking can also improve mental well being and be a relaxer. Just be sure to read up on the terrain to help you determine proper clothing and equipment, and remember to research safe hiking tips!
You can sign up for a 5k, a running club, or do it on your own time. Either way you do it, running tones muscle and improves heart rate. Yes, running is a fast way to shed unwanted pounds or to keep yourself fit, but it also does more than that. Running is linked to improving the immune system and benefitting the lungs. It is also a method of releasing those endorphins that make you feel happy and self-assured. Find a path that you are comfortable with or explore new routes. Start off navigating short distances and work your way to longer ones. The more you do it, the greater your stamina becomes. So don’t get discouraged if at first you can only make it a little ways down the road. If you stick to it, you may find by next week you can go twice as far. Check out some of these useful apps that track your runs and offer new routes (link).
You don’t need to be flexible, a master at meditation...you don’t even need a proper mat! You can join a class or simply pull up a tutorial on the web and find a comfortable, maybe even peaceful spot in your home. Yoga is known for its benefits toward stress relief and blood pressure, but it is also a great means of toning the body. As with most exercises, it’s a good idea to start with a beginner level, or at least a level that best suits your ability; you don’t want an instructor who is folding into a pretzel when you have difficulty touching your toes! Yoga is about listening to your body, so there are always modifications to make the exercise best fit you, and while you’re at it you’ll find little by little you are increasing that flexibility. Check out our article on these types of yoga and what they involve!
Exercise videos/ YouTube
Sometimes we want the presence of an exercising class, but don’t want to leave the comfort of our home. Thankfully there is no shortage of exercise videos of all variations and levels. Preview a video on the Internet beforehand and see if it’s something you’ll enjoy. Remember you’re more likely to stick with it if you are having fun. If buying a dvd is not an option, there are plenty of exercising tutorials available on Youtube. This way you can get the benefit of an instructor, with only your living room to witness any outlandish moves.
More can be done with these weights than deadlifting. They can be incorporated into many aerobics exercises. However, when lifting weights, it is important to research the proper way, as lifting incorrectly can cause injury. Remember with weightlifting that you are working your way up. So there is no shame in starting with smaller weights, in fact starting with the right weight for you will be more beneficial to increasing muscle mass than choosing a weight too heavy.
Something many of us do everyday is actually beneficial to our health. This is an activity that can be done while catching up with a friend. That’s because walking at a swift pace where you can still manage to talk raises your heart rate. Walking is a great way to sneak exercise into our regular routine. For those distances that are close enough, throw on a comfortable pair of shoes and get your blood pumping. The key is to find those moments when walking is an alternative option. It can actually be therapeutic, and a nice way to clear your thoughts. Walking is also a great starting point for exercising. Maybe at first you can’t walk as fast as you’d like or as far, that’s okay! Like all exercises, the more you do it, the more you build up your ability.
Picking up a sport
This is all based on your personal preference. What do you like to do? There are plenty of sports to choose from. Organised sports can give you structure, something to look forward to, and a positive social experience. But this does not mean that just picking up a game with friends is not equally as beneficial. The point is that you are having fun while working up a sweat. GAA not your thing, try tag rugby or 5 a-side soccer. Simply kicking a football around with friends for an hour will be an easy way to get your exercise in without the commitment of joining a team.
Whether you are at the gym, in a class, or doing it on your own, remember that hydrating is an essential part of every exercise. When properly exercising, you are working up a sweat, and those nutrients need to be replaced! Water is a major component of your muscle mass, and it also enables nutrient flow throughout your body. Dehydration places strains on your body, and prohibits the exercise from having its full effect. So, keep a bottle of that high-quality H20 handy.
Another tip to remember is to listen to your body. Just as each person’s body differs from one to the other, so should your exercising routine. Don’t be discouraged if your routine is not at the same level as your friend’s. Pushing through tiredness and sweat will help you to increase your stamina and ability, but you should not be in pain while working out. If you are taking on too much, you may be causing more harm than good for your body. This only means that you should scale down a bit, or alter your workout so that it pushes you, but doesn’t hurt you.
The workouts, movements, and progressions provided on this website are for educational purposes only, and are not to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, or course of action. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a GP.
As those exams approach ever closer, what to study? and how to study effectively? are probably the two most asked questions on student’s minds at the moment. So for those of you who have found yourself reading this post, here are some study hacks for you togged through your exams!
Remember those notes that you were taking down four months ago? Well now is the time to gather those and form them into easy to remember bullet points on sheets of paper. Anything on Moodle or Blackboard is also key by the way, and don’t forget to ask your lecturers about anything you are uncertain of.
This is the other option if you haven’t done anything all semester. Not the best method as most results will be vague and probably not specific to your course outline, but you have gotten this far, so give it your best shot. Google “site:edu [subject] exam” to find some exams or questions that might relate to your course.
If your gadgets are distracting you with social media and videos of dogs amazed by magic tricks (cough, cough), then maybe it is time to ditch them in favour of the pen and paper. Handwriting your notes will increase productivity, unless of course you have good self-control and are a reasonably good at touch-typing, then continue as you were.
Take short intervals in between your studies. Caffeine is one solution, treating yourself to whatever you fancy now and again may give you a confidence boost too. Some fresh air and water to keep you alert and hydrated are also key. Some chewing gum will also help you concentrate and possibly hold off any hunger.
Give those notes of yours a bit of colour. Highlighters are a bright colour for a reason, so maybe the intense yellow, pink, or blue might catch your eye to those important buzzwords.
If you have a large chunk of information to take in, why not break it down into manageable blocks of study. You may remember more by digesting pieces at a time rather than skim-reading all your notes to no great effect.
Sometimes reading those words aloud and hearing them will help you remember better. Even team up with a friend or classmate to help tackle those languages and previous exam questions.
If studying in the same room everyday isn’t your thing, or you become tired of the library. Change your place of study to somewhere that you find stimulating but not distracting.The other option is to create a den (NOT A SOFA FORT!) to spread out your notes and knuckle down.
Yes, you have read that correctly, stay in bed and get some sleep. You need sleep to function properly and not feel fatigued throughout the day, so ditch the all-nighters and shut your eyes.
Listening to your favourite music will only distract you, so listen to some ambient (Sigur Ros) or new music through those Spotify and Deezer accounts you have been using the past few months. A good example of the balance between music and concentrating are video games, which curate their soundtracks to keep you motivated and in a particular frame of mind throughout the story.
Only you know the best way to study and retain notes you have written. If you cram or space out your study, revise collectively or individually, find your way and stick to the plan.
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Firstly, let’s be clear, there is only so much you can do to protect yourself from a naked picture or video of you getting into the wrong hands. Other than not sending one at all, there is no guarantee you can prevent it from being shared with a wider audience than you initially intended.
For lots of people, sexting will be relatively incident-free and your messages will generally remain confined to the person you initially planned would see them.
But there are also many cases where something that may seem like a bit of harmless fun at the time ends with massive regret at having sent a photo or video in the first place.
Remember; you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, and should never feel pressured into it. No matter how much you fancy the other person or how much pressure they put on you. If they respect you, they will completely understand, and if they don’t understand then they’re probably not worth your while.
If you’re in a situation that makes you uncomfortable and the other person keeps sending you sext requests, and you’re not interested, don’t be afraid to block them.
Read our article on peer pressure here.
Pretty much what it says on the tin - the sending of sexy texts and/or images to another person for a textual turn on. Obviously it’s not restricted to the dinosaur medium of SMS, and spans WhatsApp, iMessage, FB Messenger, KIK, BBM, Snapchat and dating apps such as Tinder, Blendr & Grindr.
Intimate pix are one thing, but sexting can include videos, made easier by Instagram direct and SnapChat - either way - you don’t want photos or videos getting out there and going further than you intended.
Sexting can be with a partner you’re mad about, a pal for whom nothing is TMI or an acquaintance/stranger on a dating app.
It can make total sense in the heat of the moment.
Maybe you are mad about a guy or gal and think sending a sexy pic is a great idea and will cement your love for eternity(JK!).
Maybe you are both horny and far away from each other and therefore decide it’s the only option available to you at that moment in time.
Or maybe you’re using a dating app like Tinder, Grindr or Blendr and the person you’re sending a nude to is someone you’ve never met or chatted to before.
Not everyone is sexting, but if you do decide to do it , here are some things to consider and some ways to limit your exposure (literally!) if things go wrong…
Sure, it’s meant to be a bit of fun, but what if an image or video were used in a way in which you didn’t want them to be? Having something as intimate as a nude shared without your permission can have a big impact on you psychologically. Be sure to think about the emotional stress of having pictures of yourself distributed to everyone you know by an ex or former friend.
Keeping in mind nothing is totally secure, here are some ways to avoid the trauma of having a picture or video of you leaked;
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OK, so you've been studying away and the time is nigh. While your mind might be racing with last minute definitions and formulas to learn, it's important to remember some of the practical stuff you'll need for the exams. Here is a reminder of some of the essentials you might need:
This year there has never been more outdoor concerts and festivals happening around the country. Whether you’re camping or a day-goer, there are some very important things you need to consider.
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Deciding to quit smoking is a process. You might start by thinking of stopping - this is when you know it’s bad for your health but don’t really feel ready to quit. After that you start to motivate yourself to stop and maybe even tell others about your plans. Finally you decide you’re ready to stop smoking.
Nicotine is highly addictive. When you think of all the reasons not to smoke, it seems bizarre that anyone would continue with such an expensive and unhealthy habit.
Only one reason perhaps could possibly override all the good reasons to quit and that is addiction. Quite simply, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances out there. Nicotine works by stimulating the central nervous system, increasing the body's heart rate, blood pressure and metabolism. When you take a pull of a cigarette, you will experience the effects of nicotine in 10-20 seconds.
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Nicotine is one of the fastest-acting poisons there is. When inhaled nicotine temporarily releases the body from longing a cigarette, while strengthens the need to smoke another. Each cigarette smoked strengthens the desire for the next one. It's a cruel circle but it can be broken.
Regular exercise contributes to good health, helps to manage your weight and can also improve your body's ability to meet the daily demands and stresses of life.
Treat yourself at the end of each week, fortnight or month.
Avoid snacking on chocolate bars and biscuits; try some fruit or chew sugar free gum instead.
Take one day at a time: every day without a cigarette is a success.
What if I just cut down on smoking? It’s not enough to just cut down on smoking, there is no 'safe' level of smoking, and the reality is that cutting down just doesn't work.
Stick with it. You have to remember all the benefits of a smoke-free life. For example: