Right now, young people are really struggling: the challenges that we face when it comes to sex, relationships, our identities and our mental health are massive – especially in the digital world. Things like sexting, porn, ‘revenge porn’, online bullying and grooming, self-harm and suicide ideation, alt-right ideologies getting us hooked on harmful ideas of gender, particularly masculinity, and more.
This is as well as old-school, offline issues we still face, like…
🩸 too afraid to ask what’s happening when our periods start
😕 unable to identify basic parts of human genitalia, understand what they do, and to know when something’s wrong
🏳️🌈 young LGBTQ+ people needing support as they work out how they fit into the world
💚 young people struggling with mental health issues (particularly in this pandemic).
We turn to the internet, but the content is currently rubbish: uninspiring, unhealthy, or even unsafe.
This is where Fumble comes in. We’re the digital sex ed resource for the 21st century.
We create exciting, reliable, relatable digital content on intimacy, relationships, identity, health and wellbeing. A happy, healthy digital world of sex ed: by young people, for young people.
We make sure that young people have the skills and knowledge to successfully manage their sexual health, mental health and relationships today. We do this through our trusted, quality co-created digital content and our relationships and sex education (RSE) programme in schools, universities and other youth settings.
We’re a UK registered charity. We launched Fumble in March 2017, and gained charity status in February 2020. Registered charity number: 1188089.
The people we support
Young people up to the age of 25 in the UK, of all genders, sexualities and backgrounds. Within this, we especially focus on those aged 11-21.
We want to be the go-to online resource on sex and relationships for young people. Engaging, relevant, inclusive and non-judgemental: by young people, for young people.
🍌 Relevant & non-judgemental
🍑 Inclusive & diverse
🍌 Engaging & accurate
We are a young team ourselves: from our trustees to our wider team, we’re all under 35, and the majority of our volunteers are under 25.
Quality control: Our top quality digital resources meet our rigorous internal review process as well as the statutory Department of Education guidance for relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. We also work with similar, wonderful organisations across the RSE sector and beyond!
We are inclusive and diverse, centering the needs and experiences of marginalised young people who have traditionally been left out of mainstream sex education in schools, especially LGBTQ+ young people, those living with disability, and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Why do we Fumble?
- The NSPCC has found that 40% of teen girls say they feel pressured to have sex.
- Primary school-age children are regularly sharing sexual content in the classroom, teachers warn.
- Period education campaign Betty for Schools say nearly half of girls don’t know what’s happening when they first start their period.
- Sex crimes in schools up by 255% in four years, says TES.
- Vagina surgery for appearance reasons is now ‘sought by girls as young as nine’, says BBC.
- Recent research by the NSPCC & Middlesex University confirms that over half of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online. Online pornography can be very graphic, and can feature racist and misogynistic content.
We could go on. Fumble answers questions on sex and relationships that young people are simply not getting elsewhere. You can find out ways to get involved here.
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