It goes without saying that it’s easier to keep up to speed with what teenagers are doing IRL than on the internet. If IRL (internet slang for ‘in real life’) left you scratching your head, you aren’t alone.

Our latest research found one-in-three Australians don’t feel they can keep up with or understand the latest online and social media trends popular with teens.

Not only are Aussies finding it hard to keep up, but 43% of parents of 8-15 year olds also don’t feel strongly confident having conversations with their children around setting boundaries for tech and social media use.

Having “the talk” with your kids these days is more than it used to be. You used to be have hours of child-friendly, regulated content to entertain your kids after school. But in the age of devices, parents can no longer be laissez-faire about the digital habits of their kids.

To help parents who feel like they’re falling behind get up to speed with the latest social media and tech trends tweens and teens are following, we are bringing together a panel of experts to share their knowledge in a free webinar, ‘Keeping Up With Teen Tech’.

Hosted by Em Rusciano, the virtual event is for any parent that has ever wondered:

  • Why is my 15-year-old drinking lettuce water?
  • What on earth is a FYP?
  • Surely watching a gamer playing a game is not as enjoyable as playing the game, right?

Our panellists will explore everything from the social platforms every parent should know about, to what’s #trending and tips on how to set boundaries and navigate conversations about online behaviour.

We want to make Aussie parents feel empowered and educated to ask the right questions and have the conversations they need to be having in 2021.

Everyone is invited to join the conversation on June 22nd at 7pm AEST as Em Rusciano talks with Social Media Expert Grace Watkins, Aussie TikTok sensation Scott Boersen, Telstra cyber safety pro Darren Pauli, and ReachOut Parents’ Annie Wylie as they discuss and explore the ever-developing world of social platforms and tech for teens.

We will run a live Q&A chat on the night, so save your questions for Em or any of the experts and register to attend. Best of all, it’s free!

The Panel

Host, Em Rusciano

One of Australia’s most well-rounded performers and media personalities, Em Rusciano has three children aged 19, 13 and two. Em will be sharing her insights into how she manages the complex world of tech and social media with her children.

Grace Watkins, Co-founder and CEO of Click Management

At only 28-years-old Grace represents some of the biggest online gamers globally, with her talent roster generating more than one billion views per month. Managing teenagers that have become international gaming stars, Grace has her finger on the pulse and has experienced first-hand how to navigate the online world and keep on-top of trends to stay relevant.

Scott Boersen, Social Media Influencer

Scott Boersen is an Australian TikTok creator. Aside from maintaining his silky-smooth hair, Scott specialises in video production and has brought his professional expertise to the content he creates on social media. Along with his own content, Scott has contributed to the success of other creators, locally in Australia and around the globe.

Darren Pauli, Cyber-safety, Telstra

A tech genius with a colourful resume in the online security space, Darren is a cyber safety expert at Telstra with more than a decade’s experience. He specialises in providing information security advice and generating awareness for how to protect yourself online.

Annie Wylie, Senior Manager of Digital Content at ReachOut Parents 

Annie is responsible for all things content at mental health service ReachOut Parents. She has been working in the mental health sector for over four years and is passionate about bridging the gap between parents and young people when it comes to technology. 

You can register to attend our webinar here.