In the Know is designed to help young people in Aotearoa better understand and navigate some of the tricky porn-related issues and online sexual experiences. Shaped and informed by young people, the site offers tips, tools and pathways to help youth equip themselves for today’s online world.
In The Know was developed by The Light Project, which was established in 2017 by a small team of sexual and public health experts.
The project was set up in response to the changing online porn landscape and the absence of any information, support or resources for young people in Aotearoa. The project aims to help equip youth, their whānau and communities to build porn literacy and positively navigate the new porn landscape through workforce training, resource development and providing technical assistance to services working with youth. The Light Project works alongside New Zealand youth health services, schools, sexual violence prevention services and youth organisations and has undertaken national projects for the Ministry of Health, ACC and the Ministry of Social Development.
The best resources are informed by many – and we ensured that the voices of a diverse range of New Zealand rangatahi were front and centre in the development of In The Know. Young people told us the issues they wanted help with and what type of help was useful – then worked alongside our team on the content, reviewing it with other rangatahi. We also teamed up with ‘the pros’ – a wide range of youth health professionals who provided their expertise and oversight. We are deeply grateful to these rangatahi and colleagues, and would like to acknowledge:
Debbi Tohill and the educators at RPE, Family Planning, Cathy Stephenson – Victoria University Student Health, Ezekiel Raui and Sydney Batters, Henry Talbot and The Classification Office, OUTline, Village Collective, Homecare Medical, Auckland City Police, Kathy Lowe – ADHB, Safe Network, Dilworth School Guidance Team, St Peters School, Te Rau Ora, Dilworth Year 13 boys, Safe to Talk, Wordi press, JacknLivi, and all the rangatahi that so generously participated in our scoping survey and focus groups.
The site was supported by the Ministry of Social Development and Spark Foundation and contributes to the current conversation on young people and porn in Aotearoa alongside the great work of the CLASSIFICATION OFFICE.
The Light Project provides workforce development for youth health services, school training packages and parent workshops – contact us HERE for details or for more general porn information for youth, whānau and youth professionals.