Premiering on 1 August, a new SBS drama, The Hunting, explores the experiences of teenagers as they traverse the complexities of relationships, identity and sexuality via technology.

Following the lives of four young Australians, their teachers and families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo being released illegally. The timely series aims to promote discussion and awareness to enable positive experiences for young people online.

Young people are increasingly exploring their sexuality online, with 26 percent of teens having sent a nude or sexual image or video of themselves to someone else.

Further research from the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) reveals one in 10 Australians have experienced image-based abuse (IBA). This includes intimate, nude or sexual images that are sent without the consent of those featured. Intimate images may also include images or videos that have been altered (i.e. photoshopped), or that depict a person without attire of religious or cultural significance which they would normally wear in public.

For every victim, the experience is different, but often it causes anger, depression, anxiety and feelings of humiliation, and affects their families, social relationships, and overall wellbeing.

Experts suggest conversations about online safety should start in the home, as soon as we hand over devices to children, and be reinforced through their educational journey. Here at the ASMS we take our educational responsibilities seriously and address these issues through both cyber-safety education and our child protection curriculum. We encourage you to discuss this very important issue with your child.