• COVID-19

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  • Alcohol

    It's important to set clear rules and expectations around alcohol early on.

  • Drugs

    As a parent/guardian, drug use is often one of the biggest concerns when it comes to allowing your teen to celebrate Schoolies.

  • Sex

    When it comes to sex, don't assume that your teen is across it all.

  • Social media and privacy

    Leading up to Schoolies, make time to share some tips on how your teen can keep themselves safe whilst using social media.

  • Mental wellbeing

    Schoolies is often promoted as the best week of your teen's life but this is often not the case.

  • Rights and responsibilities

    Regardless of where your teen is choosing to celebrate Schoolies, it’s important that they are aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, drugs and responsible behaviour may be different in each state or country.

If it didn’t happen on social media, it didn’t happen right?! With social media being such an important way for teen’s to socialise and feel connected in the modern world, it’s only natural that they may want to share their entire Schoolies experience online. Make time to share some tips on how your teen can keep themselves safe whilst using social media.

*N.B. The above video was filmed prior to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst it may refer to Schoolies, the general content and safety messaging still applies in everyday life and beyond graduation.

Top ten discussion points for staying safe with social media:

  1. Don’t let a photo or video ruin a future. What can start out as a bit of fun may end up being viewed by a wider audience than originally planned including family, media and even future employers.
  2. Set profiles to ‘private’ or ‘friends only’ and only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
  3. Set an agreement with friends that consent must be given by all parties before uploading and/or tagging a photos and videos.
  4. Set privacy settings to allow you to review photo or video tags before they appear on your profile and your friends’ newsfeeds.
  5. Think before you share – would they be okay if a future employer saw the post.
  6. Be a good friend and don’t share embarrassing photos of friends online. In an embarrassing situation, a real friend would help their friend, rather than photographing it.
  7. Remember that you can be filmed or photographed at any time. School leavers have been charged after their stupid behaviour was caught on camera, so be responsible and aware.
  8. Filming crimes or assaults to promote online could see your teen facing charges, heavy fines or a criminal conviction.
  9. Sending a sext to someone who does not wish to receive it is illegal. If a sext makes your teen feel uncomfortable, advise them to contact the local Police station (do not delete the images).
  10. Image-based abuse (revenge porn) is when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. Image-based abuse is never okay and if your teen witnesses or is personally affected, it should be reported to either the Police or via the eSafety Commissioner.

For more information, check out the ThinkUKnow or eSafety Commissioner websites for more information.