About Deanne Carson.

While working in traditional sexuality education, Deanne realised that there was an urgent and growing need to discuss how children and teens interact with digital sexual content. She spent a year immersed in the latest international research on cyber safety, pornography, social media and how young people use the Internet to explore and express their emerging sexuality.

Deanne then developed a blueprint for teaching sexual cyber safety and media literacy to young people and their teachers, parents and carers. She launched the education model at the Sexual Cultures 2 conference at the University of Sunderland, London in April 2015. 


The Sexual Cultures 2 conference

This conference was held at the University of Sunderland, London in April 2015. Conference paper: Sexuality education models: 'censorship' of mediated sex; media literacy and 'educated choices' by Deanne Carson.

The Australian Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health conference

This conference was held at the Western Sydney University, Sydney in November 2015. Conference paper: Australian sex ed health check: influences on its delivery and content, and (in)formal school gender policies by Deanne Carson.

The 2017 Early Childhood Education Conference

The 2018 Early Childhood Education Conference




What is Body Safety Education and how does it support the Child Safe Standards? - p.16, Preschool Matters, July 20th 2017

Can I give you a hug? - Community Early Learning Australia (CELA), August 17th 2017.

Teaching kids how to seek consent, not just the ability to say 'no' - SBS, August 8th 2017

We need to teach consent to our kids from as young as three-years-old - Kidspot, August 3rd 2017

Online Predators and Cyber Grooming : Does your school know how to respond? - Complispace, March 30th 2017.

Consent education: 'It is crucial to teach bodily boundaries at a young age' - Australian Rationalist, March 2017

Why it's not OK for a stranger to touch my baby - Pinky McKay, September 8th 2015

Sex Education Must Cater to Diversity - The Age, February 5th 2014

We Say Sorry - Sheilas: An Initiative of the Victorian Women's Trust, April 18th 2013

Periods Are Gross - Catherine Deveny, February 6th 2015

Hair on Your Front Bottom - Mum's Lounge: Australia's Lifestyle Website for Mums, June 30th 2013


Along with recent appearances on Mornings with Wendy Harmer - ABC 702 Sydney, Deanne has made a number of appearances on radio:

An Interview with Greens MP, John Kaye and Deanne Carson by Mandie Sami - ABC, May 6th 2015

An Interview on the Drive ABC Show - ABC Sydney, May 6th 2015, Listen to it here.

Reports & Books

Deanne Carson authored a report titled, "A critical analysis of the text series, you: an introduction". Released on October 19, 2015.

Last year, Deanne authored a report titled, "Review: Teen Sex by the Book". Released on May 6th, 2015.

Single but not alone: the first 40 years of the Council of Single Mothers and their Children - Deanne Carson and Fiona Hendry. 

Quoted In

My six-year-old daughter gave me an important lesson about consent - by Cat Rodie, Daily Life, August 8th 2017

Be outraged at the abuse of children, not at one mother's efforts to protect her daughter - Sydney Morning Herald, March 3rd 2017

'Does anyone know what private means?': sex abuse prevention for kids and parents - The Age, February 16th 2017

Victory for Melbourne mum who wanted her daughter to wear pants at school - by Alexandra Carlton, Kidspot, May 16th 2016

Mitchell Pearce is part of a lost generation of men - Jenna Price, The Age, February 1st 2016

We need to teach young girls to say 'no' - by Jenna Price, Daily Life, November 26th 2015

Calls to remove ‘dangerous’ books from public schoolsby Robert Bellantyne - The Eductator, May 7th 2015

How Sex Education is Failing our Young People by Nina Funnell - The Daily Telegraph, May 7th 2015

Christian Schools Australia CEO condemns Anglican church over sex-ed course by Jenna Price - Daily Life, May 6th 2015

Horrific Sex Ed Book Is Teaching Girls to Fear Gay People and Short Skirts by Hannah Ongley, Stylite, May 6th 2015

Offensive AF 'Teen Sex By The Book' Being Taught In NSW Public Schools by Claire Bracken - Pedestrian, May 6th 2015

Scripture classes: Calls for crackdown on public schools by Rachel Browne - Sydney Morning Herald, May 6th 2015