John Maytham broadcast his show from the Franschhoek Literary Festival. Now in it s 8th year, he interviewed some of the authors attending to discuss their books and broader issues.
Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer wrote a book that outlines the laws and rules applicable to what we do and say on social media. The book, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex, published in 2014, provides practical and common sense advice on the use of social media.
Often people learn by sheer bitter experience. Often when I get calls from people to say that they’ve had some kind of trouble, either that they have naked pictures of themselves on the internet or they’ve been fired because of something they’ve said on Facebook or they’ve been sued because of something they said on twitter, often at that point it’s too late. I love the idea that people are becoming very interested in the space and about their own responsibilities in this space and reading this book, the feedback has been extraordinary— Emma Sadleir author Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex
Sadlier says that there is no such a thing as "personal capacity" on social media. While you might not get sued, arrested or fined for what you do online, you could lose your job. She says employers go searching on Facebook and Twitter to get a better understanding of who you are.
We have come to a point where everyone is a celebrity in the digital age. We need to ask ourselves this question how do I make sure that when somebody googles my name I’m going to be happy with what comes up.— Emma Sadleir author Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex
Listen to the full interview and her advice to parents for how to manage your children's access to the social platforms.
You can also browse the recordings of the sessions.