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POSTPONED Sexting, Pornography and Trolling

Professor Emma Bond and Professor Andy Phippen

Places are free of charge and can be booked on the link below

Thursday, 30 April 2020,
18:00 to 20:00

Registration is from 17:30, the lecture starts at 18:00

In an age of increased digital exposure, there are an abundance of perceived risks for young people to navigate, with many parents and educators monitoring, filtering or tracking them in the name of safety.

Are young people sharing nude images? Why are they watching pornography (and should we stop them)? What do they watch, who do they talk to, and what do they say? And are these online behaviours really anything new?

Media headlines and government ministers often present technology as the source of both the dangers and the solutions to the concerns of online safeguarding. But where is the line drawn between keeping citizens safe, and invading their privacy? Filtering what they see, monitoring where they go and controlling access to information?

Join Professor Emma Bond and Professor Andy Phippen, as they confront digital fears in this provocative look at the internet landscape, and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders who care for or support children, teenagers and young adults.

They draw from a collective 30 years of research, including grass-roots working with young people and students, to deliver this insightful lecture on people’s use of digital technology, digital rights, educational programmes, and the legislation that surrounds these challenging topics.

Emma and Andy are long-term research partners with the UK Safer Internet Centre, with established reputations as experts on ethical and social responsibility online. They are frequent media commentators online behaviours, risk and law, and keen advocates for educating stakeholders on the best ways to support online participation effectively. .

The public lecture will conclude with a Q&A session.

Content warning: This lecture may include graphic references, including those of a sexual nature.


Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research, Head of the Graduate School and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk. She has extensive research experience focusing on online risk and vulnerable groups, especially in relation to domestic abuse, revenge pornography, sexual abuse and image based abuse. Emma has 17 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim and she has been interviewed for BBC Breakfast, ITV, The Today Programme on Radio 4, Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, Channel 4’s Sex Education Show and for various national media channels in the UK, America and Canada.


Professor Andy Phippen is a Professor of Digital Rights at the Bournemouth University and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk. He has specialised in the use of ICTs in social contexts and the intersection with legislation for over 15 years, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as attitudes toward privacy and data protection, internet safety and contemporary issues such as sexting, peer abuse and the impact of digital technology on well-being. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries related to the use of ICTs in society, is widely published in the area and is a frequent media commentator on these issues.