Below the belt: a phone app

Below the belt: a phone app

Our phone app project has now been completed.

For legal information about sending selfies, sex and consent, and cyberbullying see our legal topic page Sex and the law.

About the project

Our first phone app, Below the belt: Sex, Selfies and Cyberbullying, was launched in November 2013 on Google Play.

The app focused on three main issues:

  • sex and consent (including age of consent)
  • sexting
  • cyberbullying.

The app project was designed to complement and extend existing CLE projects for young people. It is one component in a suite of tools that Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) provides to educate young people about sexting, cyberbullying and age of consent. The app was seen as a new way to convey popular information in a popular format.

The project was scoped in 2011–12 and was planned and implemented in 2012–13. The app was available from November 2013 until September 2014.

Evaluation of the project

Evaluation of Below the belt began in 2014 and concluded at the end of 2015. You can read our Case study of the Below the belt phone app (pdf, 1.97 MB) or the accessible Word version (139.27 KB), to find out what we learned about producing an app.

Project contributors

Below the Belt contributors include:

  • Legal Aid ACT
  • Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
  • Legal Aid Western Australia
  • Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
  • Youth Advocacy Centre Queensland.

In addition, the following have been important project consultants:

  • Youthlaw
  • South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
  • Maribyrnong Youth Services
  • Youthworx Media.