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INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

How many media stories have you heard this year about the drama and dangers of sexting? Have you ever sent a photo that ended up somewhere that you wish it didn't didn't? Have you ever felt uncomfortable on facebook or snapchat about the advances of someone else?

 

Well, this month we have an opportunity to talk to the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre about anything on your mind about online issues to do with your relationships! They are the people behind the website LAWSTUFF!

 

Now it's your turn to ask questions and discuss your thoughts, experiences and concerns around sex and sexting and your relationships with friends, partners and parents - find out what the law says and how it could help or hinder something that you've been invovled with.

 

Have you got a question too embarrassing to post? If you want to submit a question completely anonymously, then head over to our confidential form here and ask away! We'll answer it on the night.

 

So make sure you join us - right here - at 9pmAEDT/6pm WST on Thursday 24th of October.

 

Get to know our guests!

 

Kelly Tallon

Kelly is currently the Cyber Project Coordinator at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. Since 2012 Kelly has been the Cyber Safety Project Officer at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and leads the Centres projects on cyber safety and the law. Now, she helps manage the Centre’s legal advice service, Lawmail.

 

 

Ahram Choi

Ahram is currently the Operations and Legal Projects Manager at the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. Ahram is a solicitor who has been with the Centre since 2008 and has experience in all of the core areas of the Centres work.  Her responsibilities include reviewing and managing the Centre’s legal information website, Lawstuff and managing the Centre’s human rights practise area.

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ReachOut.com

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Hello Infobusers! It’s that time again and we are joined by two lovely legends from LawStaff (AKA the National Child and Youth Legal Centre) – Ahram and Kelly will both be posting from the “Lawstuff” account tonight while we chat about sexting, relationships, being online, sex and more!

 

Please remember, our guests can't give specific legal advice on this forum i.e. make recommendations on a participant's individual circumstances.  But if you want specific legal advice,  you can send them a Lawmail at www.lawstuff.org.au/lawmail

 

Just a note to all who join us, if you feel unsettled or upset during this discussion, please don’t hesitate to step away from the convo for a bit. If you have experienced abuse in a relationship or sexually and you find that tonight’s discussion brings up some unexpected emotions, don’t forget you can always contact 1800 RESPECT (http://www.1800respect.org.au/) or Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800 http://www.kidshelp.com.au/) … And if you need to chill out, try a relaxation session on Smiling Mind http://smilingmind.com.au/

 

Finally, please stick to the community guidelines when posting in today’s Infobus.

 

Ok, so I’d love to hear from Kelly and Ahram what you think about our Q that went out on social media tonight – “Is it *possible* for 16yos who share nude selfies to get in trouble with the law for child porn?” What are your thoughts on this??????

And for everyone else, here’s our first Question for you to kick things off! When you think about relationships & sex – the law is probably not the first thing that comes to mind!! BUT, what are some of the ways that the law impacts the relationships you have?

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ReachOut.com

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Hi everyone - this is Ahram and Kelly from Lawstuff.  We're really excited to chat with you tonight! Remember, if you need specific legal advice about anything that's going on, send us a Lawmail at www.lawstuff.org.au/lawmail because we can't provide legal advice here.  But of course feel free to ask us about your "friend"or any hypothetical scenarios and we can give you some basic info.

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Hi Guys! Stoked you could be here tonight! Do you like the special avatar I gave you? Smiley Wink

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Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Yes! But it depends on which state or territory you're in - some states say if you're 16 and you take a nude pic/video, that will be child pornography. But in others you're not considered a child at 16 and so it won't be child pornography. There's also a national law against child pornography but generally people under 18 won't be charged with it.

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Totes Smiley Happy

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

btw that was Kelly, not Ahram Smiley Tongue

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

I guess most of these laws were written before smart phones or maybe even the internet??? The laws probably have good intentions to protect young people... but technology & culture changes so fast...

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ReachOut.com

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

Question for all you guys and girls out there: what do you think child pornography means?

Re: INFOBUS: Laying down the law: sex/relationships

No pictures please.