[LISTEN] Parenting the screenager

Monitoring a teenager's internet and social media activities can be difficult, making it important to enforce and remind them of some of their rights and responsibilities.

These conversations can, however, be uncomfortable for parents.

Social media law expert Emma Sadlier is known for educating teens on the risks of sexting (which includes circulating naked pictures of others), cyberbullying and more.

Sadlier spoke to Azania to unpack the kind of harm that can be caused.

She says it is important for parents to educate themselves in order to know how to keep their children safe.

I think the message that we have got to give our teenagers is that being popular on Instagram, is like being rich on monopoly. It really doesn't mean anything. I think it is so much more important that these kids start thinking about and looking after their privacy from a young age than fall into the trap of thinking that popular is more important.

Emma Sadlier, Social media law expert

I see eleven-year-old's buying thousands of followers on Instagram and as soon as those people follow you they have access to your images, one of the trends I see is baddies out there taking photographs of teenage girls from their Instagram accounts and then starting porn twitter accounts.

Emma Sadlier, Social media law expert

It really is a terrible thing and it is not just the children seeking popularity, we see parents using children as pawns in the popularity game by socialing far too many pictures of their children.

Emma Sadlier, Social media law expert

Sadlier says parents should also consider asking for consent from their parents before they post pictures of their children.

She also speaks on the problem of children as young as 10-years-old who are exposed to the internet and are aware of suicide and self-harm.

READ: To give your kid a phone or not? That is the question

She says because the internet has no shallow end, parents need to start teaching strategies and procedure on what to do when you see self harm or when a friend expresses suicidal thoughts.

With the rollout of cyber crimes which is imminent, we are going to see more of those kinds of crimes [encouraging suicide] impacting our children.

Emma Sadlier, Social media law expert

To access more information on how to parent the screenager, Sadlier will be hosting a series of public talks.

Click on the link below to hear the full conversation and find out more about Sadlier's talks...


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