Sending nude photos to your partner has become "a form of affection" for many young Kiwis, judging by the latest survey of youth and social media. The Nielsen survey for the Graeme Dingle Foundation has found that 61 per cent of New Zealanders aged 13 to 24 have received sexually explicit content such as photos, videos and linked to explicit content via social media. Two-fifths 42 per cent admit that they have used social media to send such material to others.
Auckland singer Liana Vaipa-Rice, 23, who has worked with youth since she was 17, said the survey was no surprise.
Vaipa-Rice, whose stage name is Liana Frangipani, has worked with the Crescendo Trust which uses music to mentor young people. She has also just been crowned Miss Niue Aotearoa - a role she hopes to use to support others through social media. They know that they are speaking to thousands [on social media]," she said. The generation before us ignored it. We are very aware of what's going on, we are very open to it. That is the positive about social media.
She said many young people wanted to attract thousands of social media followers because it was "cool". And one night I got a video from her, and it was like, no, thank you," he said. Guys would send her stuff. No one else is sending anything like that [sexual videos], it's more just talking, sending videos, making plans.
Goodwyn-Archer goes on social media for two or three hours when he gets home each evening. He communicates mainly with people he sees during the day, but feels he would miss out if he couldn't connect with them again on social media. Jean Andrews, who represents schools on the NZ Association of Counsellors executive, said many teenagers thought it was cool to swap "trick and dick" pictures.
That is something we have to train young people to deal with - not emote over it, but encourage young people to be talking to us, to be talking to their parents, and to model in our online behaviour that we can put restrictions and boundaries and make it work for us. Source: Graeme Dingle Foundation. New Zealand Herald. Subscribe to Premium. Sign In Register. On the go and no time to finish that story right now? Your News is the place for you to save content to read later from any device.
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