Nasty Facebook – A Conversation to have with your Teen

Cyberbullying, trolling and flaming. The Sunday Age Editorial clearly explains that Social Media Users are NOT above the law. This means teenagers too are NOT above the law.

In the world behind a screen teens sometimes think (or don’t think perhaps) that they can write anything. We have seen this of late in the real world: on Twitter where trolls have said the most unspeakably malicious things about model, Charlotte Dawson, where Facebookers have explicitly and brazenly defamed Rosa Storelli, once Principal of MLC, without an iota of evidence, and where police have had to take the unprecedented step of warning Facebook users to be circumspect in their comments regarding Jill Meagher’s alleged murderer because comments may jeopardise legal proceedings.

Each of these examples are gold chances for your to talk to your teen about their use of Social Media and how they too must abide by real world laws or face real world consequences.

As the Age Editorial states: ‘In defamation law, there can be no doubt that comments posted on social media can be the basis of litigation. (As well) the law prohibiting the use of a carriage service to threaten or harass has been used in the successful prosecution of at least two people in recent years.’

Rules governing the real world apply in cyberspace too.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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One Response to Nasty Facebook – A Conversation to have with your Teen

  1. Pingback: Nasty Facebook – A Conversation to have with your Teen | St Mary's Cathedral College Year 7

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