How can parents advise kids on threading the line between sharing social media images that are innocent and those that could be deemed suggestive?
It is important for parents to encourage their children to think carefully about social media images and about the idea of audience i.e. who can see those images. What parents may view as suggestive, young people may not immediately think about the image in those terms. Talking to children and young people about how images may be viewed by other people is important.
The posting and sharing of suggestive social media images can leave young people vulnerable to bullying, humiliation and embarrassment but they may not think about that at the time. It is vitally important that we explain to our children about their online reputation and talk to them about what makes an image suggestive.
We need to encourage young people to think about how their images are viewed by others and that any images posted online is open to interpretation, copying and saving elsewhere and being viewed by people that they don’t know.
Parents are often worried about having these conversations with their children yet research consistently shows that children and young people actually welcome advice on sex and relationships and think it is important to understand how to keep themselves safe online.
Internet Matters and Childnet have some wonderful ideas about starting these conversations – so let’s talk about it!!