Hello!

8 Comments

Mum shares her sons terrifying experience after joining a private snapchat group with a few mates.

NSW Mum of six, Amanda Parker, wants to warn other parents how easy it can be for kids to unknowingly get caught up in nude photo sharing.

Amanda told MoM, that her teenage son (who turns 16 next month) was added to a snap chat group. Which they later found out that to be added to a group is as simple as someone just adding you without notification or sending a request.

The group consisted of six or seven boys having a normal teenage conversation. Until that is, within a couple of days one of the boys shared a nude shot of a girl.

At this stage Amanda’s teenage son left the group. He was then re-added twice so he just turned off his notifications.

All good right? Wrong!

Four days later the group was full of photos of naked girls… one being an unknown girl from school. The group was leaked and the young girl found out and went to the School Principal.

All the people in the group were pulled into the office…..including Amanda’s son.

All phones were confiscated and the police called.

The principal called Amanda to fill her in and he told her that her son had not shared any images and phones were kept until police investigated.

Her son was cleared of any wrongdoing. However one of the boys was in a fair amount of trouble.

Amanda said she didn’t sleep that night, nor did her son.

One simple thing could have ruined his future.

Amanda said, “I guess the point of me sharing is to show people how easily social media can become a nightmare and also to remind our kids that naked selfies can come back to haunt you even years later.”


Read more from Amanda:

Mum shares why we all need to relax as a parent and make important memories with our kids instead.

Touching ode from daddy who saved daughter before losing his own life


While sharing suggestive images or text messages may seem like innocent flirting or be considered funny for young people, it can have serious social and legal consequences.

How can I support my child online?

It’s important to discuss the consequences of this behaviour with your children. If their image has been viewed by others they may be publicly bullied and have sexually inappropriate comments made about them by friends and strangers, including adults.

Office of the Children’s esafety commissioner recommends:
•talk to your children about the potential social, academic, employment and legal implications of posting inappropriate material of themselves or others online
•encourage them to think twice before they post sexualised photos and consider the fact that others might view what they post
•remind them to delete any sexual content they receive from others and avoid forwarding this type of content
•remind them to consider the feelings of others when taking photos and distributing any content by mobile phone or online
•seek professional support if you are worried that your child is vulnerable
•if you are concerned that an incident may be a criminal matter, contact your local police.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault or exploitation support is available at 1800 RESPECT and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.

Does this concern you?

Share your comments below.

Read more:

Stock photo

  • teach your kids to be careful and to think and be smarter!

    Reply

  • I don’t use snapchat. Its scary how dangerous these apps can be.

    Reply

  • Scary indeed ! I don’t know snap chat either.
    So important to teach our kids not to share any naked selfies or inappropriate material and encourage our kids to talk with us as parents, teachers, professionals or police when they are confronted with wrong material, so action can be taken.

    Reply

  • That is so scarey that the app allows that. I’m not familiar with snap chat.

    Reply

  • Is this the one that the Police are investigating? They have asked for the parents and children involved attend interviews.

    Reply

  • I’m keeping my kids off social media as long as possible; hopefully they’ll be able to approach it ith maturity.

    Reply

  • Lucky her son was cleared of any wrong doing.

    Reply

  • I would urge all children to stay off social media as much as possible. Find better things to do.

    Reply

Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account


Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like

Loading…

Looks like this may be blocked by you browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating
Join