Supermum: Pass the online note to me so I can check on you

I LOVE my technology.

Despite that, and I'm not sure if it is my age showing now, but it is really hard to keep up with the latest.

Lucky I have a teenager to keep me in check.

He is the one who keeps me informed the most.

"No one uses that any more mum," is usually the first hint.

So whether I should be Instagramming my photographs rather than Facebooking them, or Snapchatting rather than WhatsApping ... I'll wait for his advice.

But that advice needs to come back, in return, when it comes to telling our kids about responsible use of their social media devices.

Back in my day (yes, I feel my son rolling his eyes already) passing notes was the only way to get a message across to your peers.

Passing notes in the classroom was fraught with danger in case the teacher caught you and read out in class who you thought was the latest hottie.

Not any more.

These days it is easy to pass notes.

And they are not such innocent notes either.

Teens are posting revealing photos, having sexually explicit conversations and bullying each other online.

They could be doing it right in front of you and you would never know.

That in itself is a big problem.

An even bigger problem is they don't know where the content they post will end up.

News reports this week say under-age girls from high schools in Australia have been targeted by an online pornography ring sharing graphic sexual images without consent.

Users have nominated regions

Sexting can often have legal implications for high school students.

Photo Will Hunter / Dalby Herald
Sexting can often have legal implications for high school students. Photo Will Hunter / Dalby Herald Will Hunter

, high schools or even specific girls' names and asked forum members to exchange pornographic photos of the girls - without their knowledge.

 

These people aren't taking the photos.

The girls often are.

It's worrying.

Aside from police tracking down these offenders and shutting down such websites, how do we stop it?

It starts with education.

It stars with our kids having better self-confidence and self-awareness.

It starts with our kids having self-respect.

It starts with us.



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