Broadcaster and mother-of-five Brenda Power warns both parents and teenagers alike about the dangers of the internet on everything from sexting and cyber-bullying to grooming.

"I don't think as a parent you can inform yourself enough or too much about the speed of information they [your children] are being exposed to - the images, the videos are changing, are developing," she told RTÉ LifeStyle when promoting safer internet use for children and families.

"You can't beover-awaree of what the dangers associated with that can be...everything from cyber bullying to sexting or simply to overuse.

Brenda added that teens have grown up with screens an internet access adding: "I think the schools are ahead of the curve, as a parent, they seem to be much more tuned in than I would be.

They're very aware of what the dangers and the risks are so I'd have a lot of faith in the schools.

"I think, though, they can't rest on their laurels, they have an obligation to stay ahead of the really rapid movement of technology and of content in this regard.

Open communication between parents and children is key when it comes to safer internet use
Open communication between parents and children is key when it comes to safer internet use

They're very good at picking up online bullying for instance.

"They're very good at identifying, in my own experience, instances of sexting or inappropriate contacts and also of warning kids about grooming ."

"The schools can talk to children in a group, in a way that parents can't. They can be more blunt, they can be less directed in their comments."

On a personal note, she added: "I know if I gather mine together or we all happen to be together and I begin a discussion on this maybe one or two of my children might go 'You're talking to me, aren't you?'

"Whereas in a classroom of 14-year-olds or 15-year-olds, the school can be a lot more blunt, a lot more frank, a lot more honest than a parent can be on their own."

Brenda encourages parents and schools to help protect children
Brenda encourages parents and schools to help protect children

I think we really need to warn children, teenagers about the dangers of sharing intimate images online.

"I know kids rail against this saying: 'Oh, thats victim shaming. If I do send a topless photo of myself to a boyfriend or to whoever, they really shouldn't share it.' No, they shouldn't .

"And nobody should break into your house or nobody should steal your handbag if you leave it lying about but you know what?

There are people out there that you can't always trust.

"If I leave my burglar alarm off, my insurance company won't pay off it I'm burgled. Is that victim shaming? No, its not.

"It means, look after yourself, take responsibility for yourself for your own safety.

If you don't want to be victimised, how about not being a victim? Not making yourself a victim.

"I do not think there are any circumstances - and I know there are people who will disagree with me on this.

I don't think there are any circumstances where you should share a naked picture of yourself with anybody.

"Unless you'd be happy to have your granny or a future employer or teacher see that, then just don't do it. And if you're being put under pressure to do it, tell somebody, talk to somebody about it. There is no excuse for that."

Brenda Power helped promote Safer Internet Day 2017 earlier this year.