If you feel that you are uncomfortable in any situation then say NO and inform a trusted person!
What is Consent?
Consent on the internet holds the same idea as consent anywhere else. It’s about permission, decision, and choice. So a right to online consent means you should be able to decide what you share about yourself online, as well as how much you share, and in what context you share it. Consent online can be broken down into 2 parts: giving permission for your content to be used and asking permission to use other peoples.
Consent occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another. It is a term of common speech, with specific definitions as used in such fields as the law, medicine, research, and sexual relationships. Consent as understood in specific contexts may differ from its everyday meaning
Importance of Consent
Communication, honesty and respect make sexual relationships better. Asking for and obtaining consent shows respect for yourself and your partner. It eliminates the entitlement that one partner might feel over the other. Neither your body nor your sexuality belongs to someone else.
Talking about consent is an important part of any healthy relationship. It's an easy way to make sure nobody is being pressured into something they don't want to do
Teaching consent is an important part of educating people about sexual health. It's a fundamental concept that can be taught at any age;
Break down of the four types of online consent
Implied consent: Implied consent is consent which is not expressly granted by a person, but rather implicitly granted by a person's actions and the facts and circumstances of a particular situation.
Expressed consent: Express consent is valid consent given in writing or orally.  Express consent is when the patient directly communicates their positive and explicit consent to the doctor or healthcare provider. This is usually done in writing by signing papers.
Informed consent is a process for getting permission before conducting a healthcare intervention on a person, for conducting some form of research on a person, or for disclosing a person's information
Unanimous consent - A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings.
Why should we all care about consent?
Why are we all here today? For most of us, it’s about people. It’s about protecting your future and your friends’ futures and the futures of people to come. It’s about protecting the lives of people right now.
This work is NOT easy - we all know that. Consent really boils down to respect - if you respect everyone here today, you don’t want to cross a line or hurt them. You want to avoid that at all costs, right?
So here’s what we do - ASK!! I’m a hugging person - so what do I do? ASK!
Some people think it’s really awkward, but you know what’s even more awkward? That first therapy session with a new counselor because you’re traumatised.
Useful resources on online consent
Coaching Boys into Men TYPE: WEBSITE/TOOLKIT Toolkit that provides high school coaches with the tools and resources to talk with athletes about healthy relationship skills, violence prevention, and respect for women and girls
Consent Campaign Guidebook TYPE: GUIDE Classroom teaching tools and guide, planning information, and resource lists for middle and high school educators teaching consent and sexual violence prevention from the Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 TYPE: CURRICULUM Sexuality education for youth, developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association, which teaches and models care, compassion, respect, and justice. It provides participants with information about human development, personal skills, relationships, sexual behavior, sexual health, sexual assault and harassment, and misogyny.
Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society (SEC-C) TYPE: CURRICULUM Features sixteen Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society lessons developed for 8th-10th grade. Training and workshops are available for facilitators.
Stop SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence TYPE: TECHNICAL PACKAGE Compilation of prevention strategies and activities, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that communities and schools can use to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.
Youth Activist Prevention Toolkit TYPE: TOOLKIT A project of the Florida Commission Against Domestic Violence’s Youth Advisory Board, this toolkit is for students who wish to raise awareness about teen dating violence and prevent its occurrence in their schools and communities.