We’ve recently discussed how teens need to be aware of how dangerous sending lewd pictures through texts and social media is, sexting is not the only thing parents need to be aware of. District Attorney, Ashley Rich, and Attorney, David Greene, joined us on Studio10 to talk about some of the dangers of Social Media.
The following questions and answers were provided by Greene & Phillips:
Ashley, what are some of the dangers associated with Social Media that parents should be aware of?
Like we’ve talked about before, one big danger is sexting, kids are sending lewd pictures of themselves to others, but the chance are high that the person who receives that picture will then forward it on to many other people. But there are other types of bullying that can happen online. If the purpose of the post is to make fun of a fellow student, don’t send it. Sometimes kids can think they are just poking a little fun, when the results can be life-changing and can sometimes lead to suicide.
David, how do social media posts affect teens as they are trying to get jobs or get entry to college?
These pictures that you post online never go away. So I’ve told my kids, they have to be so careful what they post online. Posting a picture posing in front of a rebel flag or even posting an offensive joke. These things can affect a school’s decision to accept someone or an employer to hire you. On the legal side, as we are working on cases, when a defendant has pictures on their facebook page with bottles of liquor, it makes our job that much easier of convincing a judge and jury that this individual is irresponsible enough to be responsible for a wreck.
Ashley, what abouts posts with strict privacy settings, can those still negatively affect teens’ lives?
People need to understand that pictures and posted on social media under certain circumstances be subpoenaed and forced into the public record in any type of criminal or civil case. Even text messages can be recovered after they’ve been deleted. So the best thing for your child to do is, don’t post questionable material online at all.
David, what are some tips for parents to talk to their teens about this?
One big aspect to stress is that as soon as you post a message or send a picture, you lose control of that post, someone can screenshot it, copy it, send it on, or hold on to it to use as blackmail. As important as it is to have good character in day to day life, it’s important to have impeccable character online as well. Some parents may chose to install apps on their children’s phones that allow them to see the text messages and posts of their kids. The important thing is that your kids feel comfortable to come to you for advice if they have questions as to whether a post is acceptable or not.