A new documentary explores the importance of “being right” in family matters and the importance a child’s right to privacy and autonomy should be paramount.
The documentary, called The Right Thing, examines the impact of social media on families, as well as the impact that this has on children’s wellbeing.
The film, which is currently being screened at the University of Auckland, was written and directed by Dr Anne O’Connell, who has also produced documentaries such as How to Be Right and The Power of Your Words.
The director told the ABC’s The Weekend Breakfast that family matters are one of the top priorities in her family, but that she had never really thought about it as a subject that needed to be explored.
“I’ve always had a sort of scepticism of the importance that people place on family, particularly in Australia,” Dr O’Connor said.
“The idea of having a family in the first place, you have no idea where your children are or what their age is.”
Dr O’Conner said she had to learn to be more open and accepting of what people wanted to talk about, and was keen to share her experiences with others.
“We’ve always been open and receptive to all sorts of topics.
We’re not interested in making the family into a circus.”
But when you start to look at it more critically, it becomes a bit more complicated.
“The documentary explores how the power of communication is being used to manipulate children, and the impact on their wellbeing.”
But what you don’t see is the influence that children’s voices have, on parents, or their own lives, or on society at large,” Dr Hock said.”
And then there are people trying to influence their own children to behave in a way that’s not good for their own well-being.”
“But what you don’t see is the influence that children’s voices have, on parents, or their own lives, or on society at large,” Dr Hock said.
The findings in the documentary have been met with mixed reactions online.
One Twitter user wrote: “The whole film is so depressing.
It seems like people who love their children don’t even care about them.
What a depressing waste of time.”
Another user said: “It’s a really depressing film about children and their abuse and how it affects them.”
Dr Nettnington agreed, saying it was important to keep in mind that people often “take their cues from the media, from social media and that kind of thing”.
“I think we’re all very much aware of our role in the media world and it’s really important to look back at it and say ‘what was my role in this process?'”
Dr O-Connor said that as an academic she felt that she needed to understand more about what was happening in her own family.
“My research was actually really very focused on the impacts that the internet has on family life,” she said.