World-first project seeks funding

Burnet Institute

27 December, 2015

Public donations are being sought for a world-first project to create an online, evidence-based guide for parents and educators on how to best teach young people about pornography and sexting to reduce potential harms.

Through online funding research platform, Researchable, Burnet’s Dr Megan Lim hopes to raise just over $12,000 from public donations. The young public health researcher has already reached $49,050 in funding but is still short of her goal of $61,000 needed to ensure the project goes ahead.

In a first for Burnet Institute, crowdfunding donations are being sought for Dr Lim’s innovative project which is a new research field lacking traditional funding support in Australia.

“With public support our project will aim to inform, and improve sexting and pornography education for young Australians,” Dr Lim said.

“Our research has shown that 81 percent of young men and 22 percent of young women watch pornography at least weekly.

“Yet there is little research evidence about the impact that sexting, pornography and unlimited access to online exposure to graphic sexual imagery is having on young people’s lives.”

Dr Lim and her team will assess current practice in pornography and sexting education, which will help determine the wants and needs of young people and their parents and schools regarding education about sexting and pornography.

This will allow them to develop an accessible evidence-based resource outlining best practice in sexting and pornography education.

“I will work closely with schools, community health and youth organisations to translate the findings into practice,” Dr Lim explained.

“Taking a participatory approach to this issue, involving children, parents and schools in the work will lead to a more acceptable and effective educational program.”

CLICK HERE to donate to Dr Lim’s project.

Researchable is a new, online platform for funding research, uniting research institutions, researchers and donors in one place.

It uses a donations-based crowdfunding model that combines funding from the crowd (individual donors) with traditional philanthropy and will initially be focused on early-stage medical research.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Associate Professor Megan SC Lim

Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination; Head, Young People’s Health




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