05-21-2020 09:42 AM - last edited on 08-24-2020 02:32 PM by Janine-RO
Ask a Child and Family Professional
Sexting: My daughter is sending and receiving nude pictures on social media. What conversations should I be having with her right now? How can I help her to understand the impact of her actions?
I imagine you’re feeling pretty worried about your teen right now and the choices she is making. The world of social media and sexting can be fraught with challenges and it’s likely that this was never an issue that you had to deal with when you were a teen. If you feel unsure how to navigate this situation one of the first things that you can do is increase your own knowledge around sexting, particularly the legal ramifications for young people. A good place to start is here:
Before you approach your teen think about the purpose of your conversations. What do you hope to achieve by talking to her about this issue? Here are some key points to focus on during your conversations:
Once you have been able to share and discuss this information support your teen to work out what steps she might like to take next. One of the first things she might consider is to remove any nude images of herself or others that may be stored on any of her devices. If it is safe to do so she could also approach the person that she sent the image to and ask them to remove the images. She may need your support to do this.
If your teen becomes aware that an image of her has been posted somewhere on the internet then you could contact the e-safety commissioner to help you remove the image:
Child & Family Professional, The Benevolent Society
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