Warn­ing to par­ents

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“While we can­not con­trol what hap­pens out­side the col­lege, we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our school com­mu­nity with sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to en­sure these in­ci­dents do not oc­cur.”

East Vic­to­ria Park psy­chol­o­gist Marny Lish­man said the teenage brain strug­gled to con­trol­ling risk­tak­ing im­pulses and un­der­stand­ing the con­se­quences of such ac­tion.

“The teenage brain is rapidly grow­ing dur­ing the ado­les­cent years, how­ever the part of the brain that con­trols de­ci­sion-mak­ing is not fully de­vel­oped,” Dr Lish­man said.

She said the prob­lem with ‘sex­ting’ and post­ing ex­plicit or po­ten­tially em­bar­rass­ing pho­to­graphs on so­cial me­dia was that they were there for­ever.

“The con­se­quences of send­ing pho­tos of your­self to peo­ple are that once they are put out there, you can’t get them back,” she said.

Depart­ment of Rac­ing, Gam­ing and Liquor strate­gic reg­u­la­tion di­rec­tor Mark Beecroft said there was no law against an adult, par­ent or guardian sup­ply­ing liquor to a ju­ve­nile in a pri­vate WA res­i­dence.

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