Free film screening

A new film highlighting the dangers of “sexting” for young people will be shown in the main hall at Stranraer Academy this month.

The screening of “Sext Up Kids – How Children are Becoming Hypersexualised” will be on Monday, March 17 at 4.45pm.

In this new documentary, award-winning filmmaker Maureen Palmer explores what the current radical hyper-sexualisation of the culture means for young people, parents and society.

Palmer interviews researchers who have been tracking how the accelerating pressure to be sexual is changing young people’s behaviour, undermining their health and contributing to the normalisation of violence towards women.

The results are a stunning exploration of the sexualisation of young people and a startling wake-up call for parents and professionals.

The screening will be followed by an informal discussion with representatives from police, sexual health workers, child protection staff and the Domestic Abuse and Violence against Women Partnership (DAVAWP).

The film is described as requiring viewer discretion and as being suitable for people are over 16. To book a free place, contact Kate.Barrick@dumgal.gov.uk or call 01387 245190.