Welcome to our back to school RAP Chat, The RAP Project’s newsletter. We have had a very exciting few months. The milestone and the events include hitting our 100th school, guest speaking at the Telegraph Education Festival and the imminent publication of our first book, Sex, Likes and Social Media: Talking to our teens in the digital age.
We never could have imagined, back in January 2013, when we delivered our very first presentation to North London Collegiate School that we would now be commemorating our 100th school. On June 23, we drove to Shrewsbury School in Shropshire, alma mater to Charles Darwin, Michael Palin and John Peel. The young men and women in lower Sixth helped us celebrate the achievement sharing their thoughts and support during our presentation. Leaving gorgeous Shropshire behind us, we headed to Wellington College to participate in the two day Telegraph Education Festival.
Now you may not remember, but June 24 was also the day the world woke to Brexit. The atmosphere among the speakers, students and academics was tense, and discussion and debate rang throughout much of the discussions and the topic was undeniably present. We managed to deliver two RAP presentation s which fortunately generated its own buzz, albeit of a very different nature! Deana also made her debut as a panelist for the Institute of Idea’s symposium on Trigger Warnings, Are We turning Our Kids Into Wimps? It was very exciting and interesting to hear what Claire Fox had to say!
We are extremely pleased to announce the publication of our book, Sex, Likes and Social Media: Talking to our teens in the digital age by Vermilion/Random House on September 1st. Our book, including the results of The RAP Project’s 2016 Teen Survey of habits and behaviours, is based on our research with thousands of teenagers and academic reports. It aims to be a hands on guide for parents with practical explanations, tips and resources for anyone attempting to negotiate teenagers in the digital world.
Enjoy these days of summer!
Allison and Deana