Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Social media has become such an integral part of a teenager’s life that it can cause anxiety and lower their self-esteem. Modern teens are learning to do most of their communication whilst looking at a screen instead of another person. They are missing out on very critical social skills.
And dependant on what they are communicating online, it can affect their digital reputation. Friendships, relationships and even future job prospects are all at risk. As a parent, It is very important that you are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online.
Once information makes its way online it can be difficult to remove. Images and words can be misinterpreted and altered as they are easily and quickly shared around. Privacy settings on social media sites need to be managed in order to protect your child’s digital reputation.
Cyber Safety Solutions
Susan is the Founder of Cyber Safety Solutions and is Australia’s foremost expert in cyber safety. A member of Victoria Police for 27 years, she is widely known as the ‘cyber cop’, being the first officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people.
Alannah & Madeline Foundation
As CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Lesley has established a range of new key global partnerships for the Foundation to deliver ambitious new public health goals. Her time at the Health Department, saw her lead the response to the tsunami crisis in Aceh, Indonesia and later developed the National Incident Room following the Bali bombings.
Michael sits on the Board of many organisations including the National Centre Against Bullying. In 1985 he founded CanTeen, a cancer support group for teenagers. He is the resident psychologist on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist. Michael has written several bestselling books on parenting including ‘Surviving Year 12’.
The digital landscape has put increased pressure on today’s teenagers. They feel pressured to make themselves available 24/7 and are fearful of missing out resulting in anxiety if they do not respond immediately to texts or posts. Teens are so emotionally invested in social media that it could be detrimental to their health affecting their sleep and mental wellbeing.