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Do Now #71: Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A

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These days, many teenagers live half their lives on social media sites, and they’re writing the rules as they go. One online trend 16-year-old Temitayo Fagbenle finds disturbing is something she calls “slut-shaming,” or using photos and videos to turn a girl’s private life inside out. How often do you see sexually explicit images of your peers in social media news feeds? What do you think when you see images like this? Do you think sexual cyberbullying is a problem?

Introduction

Temitayo is a youth reporter for Radio Rookies, a New York Public Radio initiative that gives teens the tools and training to tell true stories about issues important to them. She decided to do the story, Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A, because she noticed that a lot of sexually explicit videos of girls were ending up on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Teenagers often encourage this when it happens by liking, sharing and commenting on the images countless times.

“Slut shaming” isn’t new; it’s been going on for centuries. In her story, Temitayo compares sexual cyberbullying to the book the Scarlett Letter. The main character, Hester Pryne, lives in the 1600s–Puritan times. She cheats on her husband and has to wear a letter A on her chest (A= Adulteress) for the rest of her life.

Similarly, when photos and videos are posted online they can follow you forever. There are countless websites, Facebook pages and Twitter handles that are created to shame girls online, many are literally called “exposing hos.” Temitayo tried twice to report a sexually explicit picture she saw of a teenage girl to Facebook, but they didn’t take it down. Do you think Facebook or other social media sites have any responsibility in this?

“Once it gets to a social media network it’s over for her life,” one of Temitayo’s classmates said. She gathered a group of girls from her school to talk about why so many teenagers, especially girls, harass each other online. “Girls do it to themselves,” another girl explained, “half the time we can’t even blame guys.”

But another young woman pointed out that a lot of girls don’t even know they’re being recorded. She said, “It’s not fair that a guy can actually hide his phone, have sex with you and record you, and then show it to his friends, like, ‘Yo, look, look, look!'”

In the age of social media, schools have had to take on a new role. Some students screenshot the cyberbullying they see online, print it out and bring it to their teachers as evidence. Erica Doyle, the Assistant Principal at Temitayo’s school said, “Once we’re dealing with digital media that is sexually explicit that has been captured and shared with the public, that actually now is a criminal matter.”

One of Temitayo’s male friends was arrested in the 8th grade for emailing a picture of his girlfriend without a shirt on to hundreds of students at their middle school. “I regret doing it to her but still, I didn’t have to go to jail. Porn websites do it every day,” he told Temitayo. Do you think teenagers worry they’ll get in trouble when they post sexually explicit pictures and videos?

Temitayo asked him if he did it out of malice, but he brushed the question off and said he just thought it would be cool. “Even the girls gave me props,” he said. “But there was about one-percent of them that thought I did the wrong thing.” Why do you think the boys who put up images like this are often glorified while the girls are ostracized?

Resource

Radio Rookies’ story Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A – Dec. 28, 2012
16-year-old Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle reports on an disturbing online trend — something she calls “slut-shaming,” or using photos and videos to turn a teenage girl’s private life inside out.


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We encourage students to reply to other people’s tweets to foster more of a conversation. Also, if students tweet their personal opinions, ask them to support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can…and any contribution is most welcomed.


More Resources

Radio Rookies Live Chat: Teen Talk on Sexual Cyberbullying – April 4, 2013
On Thursday, April 4th, Radio Rookies will hold an online live chat with students from classrooms around the country to talk about the cyberbullying issues this story brings to light. Teen hosts Temitayo and Rookie graduate AJ Frazier will facilitate a community conversation focused on what teenagers, educators, parents and social media sites can do to help stop this disturbing trend. If you’re interested in taking part in the in-class live chat RSVP at radiorookies@wnyc.org. In order to take part in the conversation, students will need to have internet access. Rookie Reporters Temitayo and AJ will host the chat with Radio Rookies producers facilitating the discussion and moderating comments (each comment will be read and vetted by an adult producer before it goes live).

Stop Cyberbulling presents Take the quiz: Are you a cyber bully?
Often, people who are victims are also bullies. Take this quiz to find if you, too, are part of the cyberbullying problem.

The New York Times Learning Network post Crossing the Line Online: Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Age of Social Media – Jan. 9, 2013
How widespread are sexual harassment and sexual violence among teenagers today, and what role is social media playing? In this New York Times Learning Network lesson, students take an anonymous survey about their own experiences. They then examine several recent articles, from The New York Times and elsewhere, about sexual harassment and assault in the age of social media.

Common Sense Media presents Gender and Digital Life Toolkit and Cyberbullying Toolkit
These resources aim to help educators take an effective stance against harassment online and help teachers broach sensitive subjects in their classrooms.

Edutopia presents Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School
An educator’s guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources for combating bullying.


This post was written by Courtney Stein, Associate Producer for Radio Rookies. Courtney began working with young people in Minneapolis, where she started a youth-run restaurant in the park across the street from her apartment. She moved to New York to study social work but ended up making the jump to radio soon after hearing a Radio Rookies story one day on her Walkman. Courtney trained at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine and interned at StoryCorps and American RadioWorks before joining Radio Rookies as a producer in 2007. Now she assists in teaching radio and multimedia workshops and works alongside Rookie Reporters to produce stories for WNYC.org and WNYC Radio.

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  • Julia Lipply

    Although I do not see sexually explicit images in my social media time very often, I think sexual cyberbullying is a problem and should not be allowed to any extent. If someone is caught doing these things I think they should have major consequences.

    • David Jenny

      Over 6.5 million kids from 13-17 have Facebook accounts and over 95% of kids these kids see offensive and hurtful things on the internet every week. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) In the last couple of years cyberbullying has been made known through America. Since now spend kid spend most of the time on the internet new breeds of cyber-bullying brew every couple months. The new type of bullying is called “slut-shaming” happens when someone uses a girl’s videos or picture to ruin a girl personal reputation. They out these girl’s like Hester Prim in the book “The Scarlet Letter.” If Facebook employees look more carefully at these photos it will stop these things from happening. The other thing is to share the horrors of social media in classes, or just do the obvious thing and just not post pictures that would be taken as sexually explicit in the first place. Cyber victim suicides should not have to happen for us to notice this.

  • Julia Lipply

    Although I do not see sexually explicit images in my social media time very often, I think sexual cyberbullying is a problem and should not be allowed to any extent. If someone is caught doing these things I think they should have major consequences.

    • David Jenny

      Over 6.5 million kids from 13-17 have Facebook accounts and over 95% of kids these kids see offensive and hurtful things on the internet every week. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) In the last couple of years cyberbullying has been made known through America. Since now spend kid spend most of the time on the internet new breeds of cyber-bullying brew every couple months. The new type of bullying is called “slut-shaming” happens when someone uses a girl’s videos or picture to ruin a girl personal reputation. They out these girl’s like Hester Prim in the book “The Scarlet Letter.” If Facebook employees look more carefully at these photos it will stop these things from happening. The other thing is to share the horrors of social media in classes, or just do the obvious thing and just not post pictures that would be taken as sexually explicit in the first place. Cyber victim suicides should not have to happen for us to notice this.

  • M.O.

    I do not have a facebook or twitter, so, I do not see images like that. I think that sexual cyberbullying and just general online bullying is wrong and extremely immature.

  • M.O.

    I do not have a facebook or twitter, so, I do not see images like that. I think that sexual cyberbullying and just general online bullying is wrong and extremely immature.

  • M.O.

    I do not have a facebook or twitter, so, I do not see images like that. I think that sexual cyberbullying and just general online bullying is wrong and extremely immature.

  • Amber Redinger

    I think sexual cyber bullying is a problem. I do not see pictures on my media very much, but it is still a problem. I think its a problem because not everyone wants to see them anyways, and its not necessary. People who do this so have punishments.

  • Amber Redinger

    I think sexual cyber bullying is a problem. I do not see pictures on my media very much, but it is still a problem. I think its a problem because not everyone wants to see them anyways, and its not necessary. People who do this so have punishments.

  • Brandi

    Sexual Cyber-bulling is something that people just need to stop. Ruining someone’s life like that is just plain cruel. I understand that some girls will put images or things up of themselves just to get attention. Yet, you have to think about the other kids who get things put up about them without them knowing. Their lives are ruined. If someone does see something like that, they need to tell someone or show someone. That way the person who is up there will know and that an adult will know so that they at least discipline the person who put it up there.

  • Brandi

    Sexual Cyber-bulling is something that people just need to stop. Ruining someone’s life like that is just plain cruel. I understand that some girls will put images or things up of themselves just to get attention. Yet, you have to think about the other kids who get things put up about them without them knowing. Their lives are ruined. If someone does see something like that, they need to tell someone or show someone. That way the person who is up there will know and that an adult will know so that they at least discipline the person who put it up there.

  • Ramon Luna

    I think that it is the social networks responsibility to at least take down the picture. It’s in there servers and they have certain conditions they have about those types of pictures.

  • Ramon Luna

    I think that it is the social networks responsibility to at least take down the picture. It’s in there servers and they have certain conditions they have about those types of pictures.

  • Ramon Luna

    I think that it is the social networks responsibility to at least take down the picture. It’s in there servers and they have certain conditions they have about those types of pictures.

  • Kameron E.

    I never see these images on my social media news feed. I think that this is wrong to post pictures of another without their permission. Yes, I think sexual cyber bullying is a problem.

  • Kameron E.

    I never see these images on my social media news feed. I think that this is wrong to post pictures of another without their permission. Yes, I think sexual cyber bullying is a problem.

  • Kameron E.

    I never see these images on my social media news feed. I think that this is wrong to post pictures of another without their permission. Yes, I think sexual cyber bullying is a problem.

  • Kristi

    When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. When people put pictures or videos like that it makes me think that they have no respect for themselves or anyone else. Cyberbullying is a big problem and they should take care of this problem. These medias shouldn’t let anyone add any kind of sexual picture or video. I think it’s there responsibility to remove or delete the pictures or the person.

  • Kristi

    When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. When people put pictures or videos like that it makes me think that they have no respect for themselves or anyone else. Cyberbullying is a big problem and they should take care of this problem. These medias shouldn’t let anyone add any kind of sexual picture or video. I think it’s there responsibility to remove or delete the pictures or the person.

  • Kristi

    When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. When people put pictures or videos like that it makes me think that they have no respect for themselves or anyone else. Cyberbullying is a big problem and they should take care of this problem. These medias shouldn’t let anyone add any kind of sexual picture or video. I think it’s there responsibility to remove or delete the pictures or the person.

  • Cristal Monsibais

    I see sexually explicit images of my peers in social media news feeds all the time. More times than I would ever admit. I think that this behavior is disgusting and girls need to learn how to respect themselves. Put a pic of your junk on news feeds, just sets you up for negative boy attention. I think that this behavior should not be allowed. And if a person chooses to do this, then they should be banished from using social media.

  • Cristal Monsibais

    I see sexually explicit images of my peers in social media news feeds all the time. More times than I would ever admit. I think that this behavior is disgusting and girls need to learn how to respect themselves. Put a pic of your junk on news feeds, just sets you up for negative boy attention. I think that this behavior should not be allowed. And if a person chooses to do this, then they should be banished from using social media.

  • April

    Fortunately, I have not encountered any such pictures of my peers on the social media. When I hear or read articles about this, it disturbs me. These people don’t show any empathy towards the people that they harm. This has become a more serious problem in today’s society, and hopefully, people can come up with a solution to this problem. It amazes me to know that today’s society would be faced with this problem.

  • April

    Fortunately, I have not encountered any such pictures of my peers on the social media. When I hear or read articles about this, it disturbs me. These people don’t show any empathy towards the people that they harm. This has become a more serious problem in today’s society, and hopefully, people can come up with a solution to this problem. It amazes me to know that today’s society would be faced with this problem.

  • Sarah

    I believe that social media sites have responsibility of the pictures also, because those things should be monitored and blocked and if someone reports this it should be taken down right away.

  • Sarah

    I believe that social media sites have responsibility of the pictures also, because those things should be monitored and blocked and if someone reports this it should be taken down right away.

  • Sarah

    I believe that social media sites have responsibility of the pictures also, because those things should be monitored and blocked and if someone reports this it should be taken down right away.

  • Luke

    I don’t think that this is social medias fault. But I think that this is the people that take the photos and let people do this to them.

  • Luke

    I don’t think that this is social medias fault. But I think that this is the people that take the photos and let people do this to them.

  • Mike B

    If smart phones are so smart than why don’t they why don’t they censor this.

  • Mike B

    If smart phones are so smart than why don’t they why don’t they censor this.

  • Danielle collier

    Teens do know they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on the Internet but they just do it for attention.

  • Danielle collier

    Teens do know they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on the Internet but they just do it for attention.

  • Danielle collier

    Teens do know they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on the Internet but they just do it for attention.

  • Emily W

    If teenagers actually thought about the consequences before they post inappropriate pictures on social media, instead of thinking about getting attention, they might think differently and not post the picture.

  • Emily W

    If teenagers actually thought about the consequences before they post inappropriate pictures on social media, instead of thinking about getting attention, they might think differently and not post the picture.

  • Emily W

    If teenagers actually thought about the consequences before they post inappropriate pictures on social media, instead of thinking about getting attention, they might think differently and not post the picture.

  • http://Kqed.com Kevin jackson

    It’s worst than almost anything else

  • http://Kqed.com Kevin jackson

    It’s worst than almost anything else

  • http://Kqed.com Kevin jackson

    It’s worst than almost anything else

  • max evison

    i think cyber bullying is a real problem because technically it is a punishable crime

  • max evison

    i think cyber bullying is a real problem because technically it is a punishable crime

  • Rossaun

    #mscenterhistroyclass#KQEDDONOW
    I think it was wrong to do that because it wasn’t right and she would have to go trough a lot because the pictures or videos show her genitals.

  • Rossaun

    #mscenterhistroyclass#KQEDDONOW
    I think it was wrong to do that because it wasn’t right and she would have to go trough a lot because the pictures or videos show her genitals.

  • timothy

    #mscenterhistory
    #kqeddonow
    if i girl send a picture maybe should should think of the consequence also a way we could stop it is , maybe the phone companies can have a rule of no sexual contented pictures

  • timothy

    #mscenterhistory
    #kqeddonow
    if i girl send a picture maybe should should think of the consequence also a way we could stop it is , maybe the phone companies can have a rule of no sexual contented pictures

  • Ja’Lynn Smith

    I think that cyber bullying is bad. its bad because the person that was on the picture was very sad, and the person that did it got sent to jail.
    #mscenterhistoryclass #kqeddonow

  • Ja’Lynn Smith

    I think that cyber bullying is bad. its bad because the person that was on the picture was very sad, and the person that did it got sent to jail.
    #mscenterhistoryclass #kqeddonow

  • Ja’Lynn Smith

    I think that cyber bullying is bad. its bad because the person that was on the picture was very sad, and the person that did it got sent to jail.
    #mscenterhistoryclass #kqeddonow

  • Angel Solis

    I think it is wrong when they do this because they usually do this for attention & they should get consequences #KQEDDONOW #mscenterhistoryclass

    • Grace

      Who is they? And what act is wrong? The exploitation of girls, or the sexual acts these girls are doing?

  • Angel Solis

    I think it is wrong when they do this because they usually do this for attention & they should get consequences #KQEDDONOW #mscenterhistoryclass

    • Grace

      Who is they? And what act is wrong? The exploitation of girls, or the sexual acts these girls are doing?

  • Kevin jackson

    It’s worst that girls are being put on the Internet and sexually explicated and on top of it it can be there forever…it’s horrible.
    #mscenterhistoryclass
    #kqeddonow

  • Kevin jackson

    It’s worst that girls are being put on the Internet and sexually explicated and on top of it it can be there forever…it’s horrible.
    #mscenterhistoryclass
    #kqeddonow

  • zakiyah stiggs

    cyber bullying is really wrong i feel what happened to the girl on Facebook was really wrong and i think the boy should get his a$$ beat for hurting that girls feelings and the fact that he feel no type of remorse for what he did truly shows what type of person he is a disrespectful, assonied irritating a hole #ms.centershistory class

  • zakiyah stiggs

    cyber bullying is really wrong i feel what happened to the girl on Facebook was really wrong and i think the boy should get his a$$ beat for hurting that girls feelings and the fact that he feel no type of remorse for what he did truly shows what type of person he is a disrespectful, assonied irritating a hole #ms.centershistory class

  • zakiyah stiggs

    cyber bullying is really wrong i feel what happened to the girl on Facebook was really wrong and i think the boy should get his a$$ beat for hurting that girls feelings and the fact that he feel no type of remorse for what he did truly shows what type of person he is a disrespectful, assonied irritating a hole #ms.centershistory class

  • DAHYAN J

    cyber bullying is really wrong

  • DAHYAN J

    cyber bullying is really wrong

  • DAHYAN J

    cyber bullying is really wrong

  • Andy Harris

    I think it is rediculus because people should not just put out someone else’s business. It is good that the boy got arrested it dosnt make you look cool it makes you look stupid

  • Andy Harris

    I think it is rediculus because people should not just put out someone else’s business. It is good that the boy got arrested it dosnt make you look cool it makes you look stupid

  • Andy Harris

    I think it is rediculus because people should not just put out someone else’s business. It is good that the boy got arrested it dosnt make you look cool it makes you look stupid

  • Xochtl H.G.

    Cyber-bullying is absolutely not okay. Even if the explicit media is consensual, people shouldn’t make others be ashamed of their body.

  • Xochtl H.G.

    Cyber-bullying is absolutely not okay. Even if the explicit media is consensual, people shouldn’t make others be ashamed of their body.

  • Ivy Evans

    @KQEDEDSPACE I believe no matter how much it humiliates a girl or guy thy shouldn’t be doing those thing at a young age. So, their punishment online is what they deserve for actually doing those things on camera acting like they enjoy it. #KQEDDONOW #Mscenterhistoryclass

  • Ivy Evans

    @KQEDEDSPACE I believe no matter how much it humiliates a girl or guy thy shouldn’t be doing those thing at a young age. So, their punishment online is what they deserve for actually doing those things on camera acting like they enjoy it. #KQEDDONOW #Mscenterhistoryclass

  • cassidy

    Cyber bullying is a big problem with high schoolers. They think that it is safe to send bad pictures via internet or phone but they dont realize that it can spread easily. There should be consequences for the person that spreads the photos or talks about inapropriate things that others do.

  • cassidy

    Cyber bullying is a big problem with high schoolers. They think that it is safe to send bad pictures via internet or phone but they dont realize that it can spread easily. There should be consequences for the person that spreads the photos or talks about inapropriate things that others do.

  • cassidy

    Cyber bullying is a big problem with high schoolers. They think that it is safe to send bad pictures via internet or phone but they dont realize that it can spread easily. There should be consequences for the person that spreads the photos or talks about inapropriate things that others do.

  • Evan Freeman

    I think Cyberbullying is really sad -it is immature and cowardly, hiding behind your computer or using your mobile device to bully & ruin someone else’s.#KQEDdonow @rapoch

  • Evan Freeman

    I think Cyberbullying is really sad -it is immature and cowardly, hiding behind your computer or using your mobile device to bully & ruin someone else’s.#KQEDdonow @rapoch

  • Evan Freeman

    I think Cyberbullying is really sad -it is immature and cowardly, hiding behind your computer or using your mobile device to bully & ruin someone else’s.#KQEDdonow @rapoch

  • Nick F

    I thnk cyber bulling is wrong in the first place teens do not need to take it to another level

  • Nick F

    I thnk cyber bulling is wrong in the first place teens do not need to take it to another level

  • Adam

    I think that you have to be very careful of what you photograph. I never let my friends take photos of me doing dumb stuff, because I have no control over what they do with them. For that girl whose chest was sent to a bunch of students, it’s pretty sad and wrong to send them, but it’s also dumb to photograph yourself naked. Students, boys and girls, have to be careful what they take pictures of, for future college and career applications, and social stature.

  • Adam

    I think that you have to be very careful of what you photograph. I never let my friends take photos of me doing dumb stuff, because I have no control over what they do with them. For that girl whose chest was sent to a bunch of students, it’s pretty sad and wrong to send them, but it’s also dumb to photograph yourself naked. Students, boys and girls, have to be careful what they take pictures of, for future college and career applications, and social stature.

  • Adam

    I think that you have to be very careful of what you photograph. I never let my friends take photos of me doing dumb stuff, because I have no control over what they do with them. For that girl whose chest was sent to a bunch of students, it’s pretty sad and wrong to send them, but it’s also dumb to photograph yourself naked. Students, boys and girls, have to be careful what they take pictures of, for future college and career applications, and social stature.

  • Alexer Kalange

    I think that cyber bullying is bad

    • David Jenny

      Really… You don’t say…

  • Alexer Kalange

    I think that cyber bullying is bad

    • David Jenny

      Really… You don’t say…

  • Samuel K.

    It makes me very sad to know that people would do something like this. It seems to me the problem lies with how young boys view sex. To them it represents bragging rights. The more girls a guy sleeps with, the more of a man he is viewed to be, while women are made to be sluts and whores the more men they sleep with. It is viewed as shameful for a woman to have sex with multiple partners. That’s what we need to fix. We need to not make sex something horrible and wrong, but we can’t make it the only thing that validates a person. And that’s all I have to say about that. @rapoch #rapoch

  • Samuel K.

    It makes me very sad to know that people would do something like this. It seems to me the problem lies with how young boys view sex. To them it represents bragging rights. The more girls a guy sleeps with, the more of a man he is viewed to be, while women are made to be sluts and whores the more men they sleep with. It is viewed as shameful for a woman to have sex with multiple partners. That’s what we need to fix. We need to not make sex something horrible and wrong, but we can’t make it the only thing that validates a person. And that’s all I have to say about that. @rapoch #rapoch

  • Samuel K.

    It makes me very sad to know that people would do something like this. It seems to me the problem lies with how young boys view sex. To them it represents bragging rights. The more girls a guy sleeps with, the more of a man he is viewed to be, while women are made to be sluts and whores the more men they sleep with. It is viewed as shameful for a woman to have sex with multiple partners. That’s what we need to fix. We need to not make sex something horrible and wrong, but we can’t make it the only thing that validates a person. And that’s all I have to say about that. @rapoch #rapoch

  • Tyler Poe

    This is a hot issue among teenagers, and rightfully so. What i do not agree with is that it should be dealt with by the school. In my opinion, these instances should be prosecuted criminally and dealt with off of school grounds. The fact is is that the school is not responsible for what goes on outside of there walls and there campus. I would assume that most sexual bullying occurs in the students homes, which is obviously nto on school grounds, therefore the school has no responsibility. Instead of taking the screenshot to the school, take it to the police, they have more authority. #KQEDDoNow @rapoch

  • Tyler Poe

    This is a hot issue among teenagers, and rightfully so. What i do not agree with is that it should be dealt with by the school. In my opinion, these instances should be prosecuted criminally and dealt with off of school grounds. The fact is is that the school is not responsible for what goes on outside of there walls and there campus. I would assume that most sexual bullying occurs in the students homes, which is obviously nto on school grounds, therefore the school has no responsibility. Instead of taking the screenshot to the school, take it to the police, they have more authority. #KQEDDoNow @rapoch

  • Tyler Poe

    This is a hot issue among teenagers, and rightfully so. What i do not agree with is that it should be dealt with by the school. In my opinion, these instances should be prosecuted criminally and dealt with off of school grounds. The fact is is that the school is not responsible for what goes on outside of there walls and there campus. I would assume that most sexual bullying occurs in the students homes, which is obviously nto on school grounds, therefore the school has no responsibility. Instead of taking the screenshot to the school, take it to the police, they have more authority. #KQEDDoNow @rapoch

  • Brandon Bowling

    @Rapoch
    I don’t think i have ever seen sexually explicit images of my peers on social media news feeds. when i see images like this i think that one the girl or guy should have never sent that to anyone. second i think the people who post the images and share them are very mean and rude for doing such a thing. there hasn’t been many instances like this so yes it may be a problem but i don’t think it is a very common widespread thing. but also i think the people who sent the picture have a completely different life after their peers see it and is followed by more bullying

  • Brandon Bowling

    @Rapoch
    I don’t think i have ever seen sexually explicit images of my peers on social media news feeds. when i see images like this i think that one the girl or guy should have never sent that to anyone. second i think the people who post the images and share them are very mean and rude for doing such a thing. there hasn’t been many instances like this so yes it may be a problem but i don’t think it is a very common widespread thing. but also i think the people who sent the picture have a completely different life after their peers see it and is followed by more bullying

  • Brandon Bowling

    @Rapoch
    I don’t think i have ever seen sexually explicit images of my peers on social media news feeds. when i see images like this i think that one the girl or guy should have never sent that to anyone. second i think the people who post the images and share them are very mean and rude for doing such a thing. there hasn’t been many instances like this so yes it may be a problem but i don’t think it is a very common widespread thing. but also i think the people who sent the picture have a completely different life after their peers see it and is followed by more bullying

  • jesus diaz

    We as teens need to grow up and think about what we post on our blogs/forums and etc. Now a days you cant get on Facebook with out somebody putting a pic of themselves in very sleazy outfits. I mean come on like keep it at least at a duck face no need to go for the home run and show off everything. That is how it cyber bullying usually starts but that’s just how I see it bite me for it….

  • jesus diaz

    We as teens need to grow up and think about what we post on our blogs/forums and etc. Now a days you cant get on Facebook with out somebody putting a pic of themselves in very sleazy outfits. I mean come on like keep it at least at a duck face no need to go for the home run and show off everything. That is how it cyber bullying usually starts but that’s just how I see it bite me for it….

  • jesus diaz

    We as teens need to grow up and think about what we post on our blogs/forums and etc. Now a days you cant get on Facebook with out somebody putting a pic of themselves in very sleazy outfits. I mean come on like keep it at least at a duck face no need to go for the home run and show off everything. That is how it cyber bullying usually starts but that’s just how I see it bite me for it….

  • Courtney Young

    Yes I do think cyberbullying has become a problem.I however their is two sides to every story.Everypne who has ever been exposed to cyberbullying had a way to avoid it.If you exploit yourself people will do the same to you.If you respect yourself people will respect you.

  • Courtney Young

    Yes I do think cyberbullying has become a problem.I however their is two sides to every story.Everypne who has ever been exposed to cyberbullying had a way to avoid it.If you exploit yourself people will do the same to you.If you respect yourself people will respect you.

  • AndrewD4(westjeff)

    I see sexual pictures of my peers online maybe a few times a week. These pictures don’t make me feel anything except sympathy for these people and there family . I think it can be a problem of it continues to escalate into a bigger problem.

  • AndrewD4(westjeff)

    I see sexual pictures of my peers online maybe a few times a week. These pictures don’t make me feel anything except sympathy for these people and there family . I think it can be a problem of it continues to escalate into a bigger problem.

  • AndrewD4(westjeff)

    I see sexual pictures of my peers online maybe a few times a week. These pictures don’t make me feel anything except sympathy for these people and there family . I think it can be a problem of it continues to escalate into a bigger problem.

  • MariahT4 (WestJeff)

    I see sexually explicit images of my peers in social media news feeds all the time. When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. This behavior is disgusting and I feel like girls/ young women need to learn how to respect themselves. Teenagers do know that they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram but they don’t really care because they do it anyways…..half of the time for attention.

  • MariahT4 (WestJeff)

    I see sexually explicit images of my peers in social media news feeds all the time. When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. This behavior is disgusting and I feel like girls/ young women need to learn how to respect themselves. Teenagers do know that they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram but they don’t really care because they do it anyways…..half of the time for attention.

  • MariahT4 (WestJeff)

    I see sexually explicit images of my peers in social media news feeds all the time. When I see these kind of pictures it just grosses me out because why would you put pictures up like that. This behavior is disgusting and I feel like girls/ young women need to learn how to respect themselves. Teenagers do know that they can get in trouble for posting sexually explicated photos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram but they don’t really care because they do it anyways…..half of the time for attention.

  • Jordan Corona

    Sexual Cyberbullying is definitely a problem, but it’s only such because people these days make such stupid mistakes. I mean, why would you intentionally send someone sexually explicit pictures of yourself? It’s your own fault, even if you didn’t mean for it to spiral out of control, if you are “shamed” for sending someone sexually explicit images of yourself. And as for when a guy has sex with you and records it without your consent, and you get burned for it, call the police. sue the person. due something, because it’s an invasion of privacy and against the law.

    People need to wisen up.

    #KQEDDoNow @KQEDEdspace #LynnACLC

  • Jordan Corona

    Sexual Cyberbullying is definitely a problem, but it’s only such because people these days make such stupid mistakes. I mean, why would you intentionally send someone sexually explicit pictures of yourself? It’s your own fault, even if you didn’t mean for it to spiral out of control, if you are “shamed” for sending someone sexually explicit images of yourself. And as for when a guy has sex with you and records it without your consent, and you get burned for it, call the police. sue the person. due something, because it’s an invasion of privacy and against the law.

    People need to wisen up.

    #KQEDDoNow @KQEDEdspace #LynnACLC

  • Courtney Y1 (West Jeff)

    .Yes I do think cyberbullying has become a problem.I however their is two sides to every story.Everypne who has ever been exposed to cyberbullying had a way to avoid it.If you exploit yourself people will do the same to you.If you respect yourself people will respect you.

  • Courtney Y1 (West Jeff)

    .Yes I do think cyberbullying has become a problem.I however their is two sides to every story.Everypne who has ever been exposed to cyberbullying had a way to avoid it.If you exploit yourself people will do the same to you.If you respect yourself people will respect you.

  • Alex M

    When people send and share explicit images of themselves or others, they probably aren’t thinking of the consequences. You can go to face criminal charges and go to jail, and be listed as a sex offender. People who have images of themselves shared can lose their friends, become depressed, and eventually be led to suicide, all because of a single picture. If you are thinking of sending an explicit picture, or sharing one you received, consider that you could be completely destroying someones life.

  • Alex M

    When people send and share explicit images of themselves or others, they probably aren’t thinking of the consequences. You can go to face criminal charges and go to jail, and be listed as a sex offender. People who have images of themselves shared can lose their friends, become depressed, and eventually be led to suicide, all because of a single picture. If you are thinking of sending an explicit picture, or sharing one you received, consider that you could be completely destroying someones life.

  • Chris

    The reason why it isn’t ok for girls to do it can be paraphrased: it is more impressive for one key to fit all locks than one lock accepting all keys. Boys like seeing it because girls do it. If girls had more respect for themselves in that regard, the problem wouldn’t be half as bad. I don’t often see it online, but I do occasionally, and if girls want to be labeled like that, then they shouldn’t put pictures like that. But if they do, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • Chris

    The reason why it isn’t ok for girls to do it can be paraphrased: it is more impressive for one key to fit all locks than one lock accepting all keys. Boys like seeing it because girls do it. If girls had more respect for themselves in that regard, the problem wouldn’t be half as bad. I don’t often see it online, but I do occasionally, and if girls want to be labeled like that, then they shouldn’t put pictures like that. But if they do, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • Chris

    The reason why it isn’t ok for girls to do it can be paraphrased: it is more impressive for one key to fit all locks than one lock accepting all keys. Boys like seeing it because girls do it. If girls had more respect for themselves in that regard, the problem wouldn’t be half as bad. I don’t often see it online, but I do occasionally, and if girls want to be labeled like that, then they shouldn’t put pictures like that. But if they do, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • Julia

    I believe those who post explicit images of others need to put themselves in the other person’s position. Would they want someone posting a sexual image that will be seen by thousands of other teens? However, females also need to take responsibility and avoid having these pictures taken or distributed in the first place. Those who are taking part in posting sexual photos or videos of others need to realize the permanent damage it has on another person’s life.

  • Julia

    I believe those who post explicit images of others need to put themselves in the other person’s position. Would they want someone posting a sexual image that will be seen by thousands of other teens? However, females also need to take responsibility and avoid having these pictures taken or distributed in the first place. Those who are taking part in posting sexual photos or videos of others need to realize the permanent damage it has on another person’s life.

  • Jackie Morgan

    Yes I do believe sexual cyberbullying is a problem. With these new modern technologies, we are encountering all kinds of new problems that we need to be careful of. Many times on social media I see people posting things to make them more popular. That can be anything from their favorite music to sexually explicit images. We should help our youth feel more confident so they don’t think they need to post images like that.

  • Jackie Morgan

    Yes I do believe sexual cyberbullying is a problem. With these new modern technologies, we are encountering all kinds of new problems that we need to be careful of. Many times on social media I see people posting things to make them more popular. That can be anything from their favorite music to sexually explicit images. We should help our youth feel more confident so they don’t think they need to post images like that.

  • Jackie Morgan

    Yes I do believe sexual cyberbullying is a problem. With these new modern technologies, we are encountering all kinds of new problems that we need to be careful of. Many times on social media I see people posting things to make them more popular. That can be anything from their favorite music to sexually explicit images. We should help our youth feel more confident so they don’t think they need to post images like that.

  • Syd

    I think that teens are at an extremely susceptible place in their lives wanting attention from the opposite sex- whether it’s negative or positive- due to self confidence issues. I think that cyberbullying is a problem and in order to solve it we need to go to the root of the problem- people should not post explicit pictures of themselves or anyone at any time. I think that society as a whole should work to build up adolescents’ self confidence so they do not go seeking out attention through posting explicit pictures of themselves that could be used wrongly.

  • Syd

    I think that teens are at an extremely susceptible place in their lives wanting attention from the opposite sex- whether it’s negative or positive- due to self confidence issues. I think that cyberbullying is a problem and in order to solve it we need to go to the root of the problem- people should not post explicit pictures of themselves or anyone at any time. I think that society as a whole should work to build up adolescents’ self confidence so they do not go seeking out attention through posting explicit pictures of themselves that could be used wrongly.

  • Syd

    I think that teens are at an extremely susceptible place in their lives wanting attention from the opposite sex- whether it’s negative or positive- due to self confidence issues. I think that cyberbullying is a problem and in order to solve it we need to go to the root of the problem- people should not post explicit pictures of themselves or anyone at any time. I think that society as a whole should work to build up adolescents’ self confidence so they do not go seeking out attention through posting explicit pictures of themselves that could be used wrongly.

  • Sam Rob

    I believe that cyberbullying is bad enough in general, and now there is sexual cyberbullying? Man. What has our world come to? Some people in this world are really not very smart and need to clean up their act. I believe there is only one way to stop cyberbullying–harsher penalties for people who commit crimes online. However, this would be very hard to execute because people can hide who they are on the internet and make their existence almost invisible. There are many secret service and FBI teams across the country working to chase down online predators. I think our country is making good strides toward what needs to happen.

  • Sam Rob

    I believe that cyberbullying is bad enough in general, and now there is sexual cyberbullying? Man. What has our world come to? Some people in this world are really not very smart and need to clean up their act. I believe there is only one way to stop cyberbullying–harsher penalties for people who commit crimes online. However, this would be very hard to execute because people can hide who they are on the internet and make their existence almost invisible. There are many secret service and FBI teams across the country working to chase down online predators. I think our country is making good strides toward what needs to happen.

  • Abbie McGill

    From my experience, most teens on the internet today do not understand the seriousness of cyber bullying and the consequences that can be received if severe enough. In Utah (my state), a second offense of cyber bullying or sexual cyber bullying brought to a judge is charged as a third degree felony- punishable by jail time of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000 based on the severity of the case. Examples of third-degree felonies include abuse, assault, drug possession, driving under the influence, child molestation, arson, transmission of pornography, embezzlement, theft, and fraud. I believe that is era of “sexual cyber bullying” is also somewhat fueled by media, giving teens who were charged with crimes of these things television time. People who comment such horrendous things that are laced with profanity and “shame” fellow teenagers do not deserve to be featured in media stories for any other reason then to be an example for other people to learn from.
    Education is the first step to prevention; let me lay out what is defined as cyber bullying: Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone,
    spreading rumors online or through texts, posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages, stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages, pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person, taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet, and sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person. By participating in any of those acts, you can be charged with the same consequences as child molestation or drug possession. A seemingly funny comment on a picture of a half naked school mate can not only buy you 2-10 years in prison, but it can also damage that peer’s self confidence and image in ways you cannot even imagine, driving them to do something maybe drastic, even taking their own life. My advice to anyone who runs into this situation, which is really everyone, would be to take a stand against this.

    http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE76/htm/76_09_020100.htm
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/third-degree-felonies
    http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics-2010.html

  • Abbie McGill

    From my experience, most teens on the internet today do not understand the seriousness of cyber bullying and the consequences that can be received if severe enough. In Utah (my state), a second offense of cyber bullying or sexual cyber bullying brought to a judge is charged as a third degree felony- punishable by jail time of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000 based on the severity of the case. Examples of third-degree felonies include abuse, assault, drug possession, driving under the influence, child molestation, arson, transmission of pornography, embezzlement, theft, and fraud. I believe that is era of “sexual cyber bullying” is also somewhat fueled by media, giving teens who were charged with crimes of these things television time. People who comment such horrendous things that are laced with profanity and “shame” fellow teenagers do not deserve to be featured in media stories for any other reason then to be an example for other people to learn from.
    Education is the first step to prevention; let me lay out what is defined as cyber bullying: Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone,
    spreading rumors online or through texts, posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages, stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages, pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person, taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet, and sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person. By participating in any of those acts, you can be charged with the same consequences as child molestation or drug possession. A seemingly funny comment on a picture of a half naked school mate can not only buy you 2-10 years in prison, but it can also damage that peer’s self confidence and image in ways you cannot even imagine, driving them to do something maybe drastic, even taking their own life. My advice to anyone who runs into this situation, which is really everyone, would be to take a stand against this.

    http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE76/htm/76_09_020100.htm
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/third-degree-felonies
    http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics-2010.html

  • Abbie McGill

    From my experience, most teens on the internet today do not understand the seriousness of cyber bullying and the consequences that can be received if severe enough. In Utah (my state), a second offense of cyber bullying or sexual cyber bullying brought to a judge is charged as a third degree felony- punishable by jail time of not less than 2 years and not more than 10 years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000 based on the severity of the case. Examples of third-degree felonies include abuse, assault, drug possession, driving under the influence, child molestation, arson, transmission of pornography, embezzlement, theft, and fraud. I believe that is era of “sexual cyber bullying” is also somewhat fueled by media, giving teens who were charged with crimes of these things television time. People who comment such horrendous things that are laced with profanity and “shame” fellow teenagers do not deserve to be featured in media stories for any other reason then to be an example for other people to learn from.
    Education is the first step to prevention; let me lay out what is defined as cyber bullying: Sending mean messages or threats to a person’s email account or cell phone,
    spreading rumors online or through texts, posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites or web pages, stealing a person’s account information to break into their account and send damaging messages, pretending to be someone else online to hurt another person, taking unflattering pictures of a person and spreading them through cell phones or the Internet, and sexting, or circulating sexually suggestive pictures or messages about a person. By participating in any of those acts, you can be charged with the same consequences as child molestation or drug possession. A seemingly funny comment on a picture of a half naked school mate can not only buy you 2-10 years in prison, but it can also damage that peer’s self confidence and image in ways you cannot even imagine, driving them to do something maybe drastic, even taking their own life. My advice to anyone who runs into this situation, which is really everyone, would be to take a stand against this.

    http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE76/htm/76_09_020100.htm
    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/third-degree-felonies
    http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics-2010.html

  • T Mark

    Most teenagers just want to fit in. Some teenagers can find friends easily and others just have no luck when looking for friends. Some of those out of luck teenagers can get desperate. They will resort to cyberbullying others to be funny so that other people will laugh at what they do, others draw attention to themselves in anyway possible. They can draw attention to themselves by acting stupid, “putting out” to every guy they can, or posting explicitly pornographic pictures of themselves on websites or sending those pictures to guys via text, snapchat (a mobile app for sending pictures to friends for certain amounts of time between 1 and 10 seconds), or maybe email. Guys can save these pictures and then exploit the girls.
    I think the solution is to treat both the person who sent the picture, and the person who exploited the picture with a warning and than if the offense is repeated a harsh criminal charge. These girls are ruining their lives to try and gain popularity and friends. If we can deter these girls from sending the pictures with criminal charges rather than trying to persuade them, morally, from taking the pictures, then i think we have a chance to fight this sexual cyberbullying.

  • T Mark

    Most teenagers just want to fit in. Some teenagers can find friends easily and others just have no luck when looking for friends. Some of those out of luck teenagers can get desperate. They will resort to cyberbullying others to be funny so that other people will laugh at what they do, others draw attention to themselves in anyway possible. They can draw attention to themselves by acting stupid, “putting out” to every guy they can, or posting explicitly pornographic pictures of themselves on websites or sending those pictures to guys via text, snapchat (a mobile app for sending pictures to friends for certain amounts of time between 1 and 10 seconds), or maybe email. Guys can save these pictures and then exploit the girls.
    I think the solution is to treat both the person who sent the picture, and the person who exploited the picture with a warning and than if the offense is repeated a harsh criminal charge. These girls are ruining their lives to try and gain popularity and friends. If we can deter these girls from sending the pictures with criminal charges rather than trying to persuade them, morally, from taking the pictures, then i think we have a chance to fight this sexual cyberbullying.

  • T Mark

    Most teenagers just want to fit in. Some teenagers can find friends easily and others just have no luck when looking for friends. Some of those out of luck teenagers can get desperate. They will resort to cyberbullying others to be funny so that other people will laugh at what they do, others draw attention to themselves in anyway possible. They can draw attention to themselves by acting stupid, “putting out” to every guy they can, or posting explicitly pornographic pictures of themselves on websites or sending those pictures to guys via text, snapchat (a mobile app for sending pictures to friends for certain amounts of time between 1 and 10 seconds), or maybe email. Guys can save these pictures and then exploit the girls.
    I think the solution is to treat both the person who sent the picture, and the person who exploited the picture with a warning and than if the offense is repeated a harsh criminal charge. These girls are ruining their lives to try and gain popularity and friends. If we can deter these girls from sending the pictures with criminal charges rather than trying to persuade them, morally, from taking the pictures, then i think we have a chance to fight this sexual cyberbullying.

  • Daniel

    With almost 50% of teens these days having been on the relieving end of cyber bullying, and between 10-20% being victimized regularly (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html) more people need to be looking out for one another online. A lot of cyber bullying problems seem to come from comments, rather than posts themselves. A trend within many multimedia sites is the idea of trolling the fellow users. Trolling is the phenomena where internet users make insensitive and untimely comments on something in order to get people riled up and upset over what they comment. These comments aren’t usually meant to be rude, rather people intend to be funny in order to illicit a reaction, however if you read what people say when they troll, the comments are usually very inappropriate and are not in any way a joke. I believe one way we can help stop cyber bullying is by stopping trolling, and an easy solution to this is using to report or flag comment as inappropriate application applied to almost every single comment page on the internet. websites like Facebook have this on their comments and it can come in handy if we use it correctly and flag comments we could see as being offensive to anyody.

  • Daniel

    With almost 50% of teens these days having been on the relieving end of cyber bullying, and between 10-20% being victimized regularly (http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html) more people need to be looking out for one another online. A lot of cyber bullying problems seem to come from comments, rather than posts themselves. A trend within many multimedia sites is the idea of trolling the fellow users. Trolling is the phenomena where internet users make insensitive and untimely comments on something in order to get people riled up and upset over what they comment. These comments aren’t usually meant to be rude, rather people intend to be funny in order to illicit a reaction, however if you read what people say when they troll, the comments are usually very inappropriate and are not in any way a joke. I believe one way we can help stop cyber bullying is by stopping trolling, and an easy solution to this is using to report or flag comment as inappropriate application applied to almost every single comment page on the internet. websites like Facebook have this on their comments and it can come in handy if we use it correctly and flag comments we could see as being offensive to anyody.

  • Sarvis

    You hear a lot about cyber bullying in the news, but my school hasn’t really addressed it. I know Health classes aren’t supposed to be taken until Junior year, but I think that as the media gets more explicit, schools need to offer Health class at an earlier age. Kids are getting exposed to things at an earlier and earlier age and I don’t think that we can just ignore it.

  • Sarvis

    You hear a lot about cyber bullying in the news, but my school hasn’t really addressed it. I know Health classes aren’t supposed to be taken until Junior year, but I think that as the media gets more explicit, schools need to offer Health class at an earlier age. Kids are getting exposed to things at an earlier and earlier age and I don’t think that we can just ignore it.

  • Sarvis

    You hear a lot about cyber bullying in the news, but my school hasn’t really addressed it. I know Health classes aren’t supposed to be taken until Junior year, but I think that as the media gets more explicit, schools need to offer Health class at an earlier age. Kids are getting exposed to things at an earlier and earlier age and I don’t think that we can just ignore it.

  • Sabastian

    Of course cyberbullying is out of control. Kids cant drink, drive, or go on the internet responsibly without parental supervision. Nor should they. This is not a failure or technology, its not a failure in childrens behavior, its a failure of adults to adjust to this new technology and recognize how powerful it is.

    Simple. Don’t give kids a smart phone. Sure let them on the internet at home, semi-supervised. But with a smart phone they turn into zombies, tweeting not speaking, dumbed down, inarticulate, unable to read faces, unused to reading faces, and as face reading the way we learn to empathisize these kids don’t learn empathy, they don’t read long books, they don’t exercise as much as before, they don’t write long sentences or long paragraphs.

    Its a disaster of epic proportions. Destroying a generation. This is a case of parents imagination not catching up with the technology. A generation of parents who dont know or understand how powerful a minor with free 24/7 access to technology is!

    JUST DOn’t GIVE YOUR KIDS A PHONE< until the slow moving adult population catches up and makes it illegal in schools and illadvised at home.

  • Sabastian

    Of course cyberbullying is out of control. Kids cant drink, drive, or go on the internet responsibly without parental supervision. Nor should they. This is not a failure or technology, its not a failure in childrens behavior, its a failure of adults to adjust to this new technology and recognize how powerful it is.

    Simple. Don’t give kids a smart phone. Sure let them on the internet at home, semi-supervised. But with a smart phone they turn into zombies, tweeting not speaking, dumbed down, inarticulate, unable to read faces, unused to reading faces, and as face reading the way we learn to empathisize these kids don’t learn empathy, they don’t read long books, they don’t exercise as much as before, they don’t write long sentences or long paragraphs.

    Its a disaster of epic proportions. Destroying a generation. This is a case of parents imagination not catching up with the technology. A generation of parents who dont know or understand how powerful a minor with free 24/7 access to technology is!

    JUST DOn’t GIVE YOUR KIDS A PHONE< until the slow moving adult population catches up and makes it illegal in schools and illadvised at home.

  • Sabastian

    Of course cyberbullying is out of control. Kids cant drink, drive, or go on the internet responsibly without parental supervision. Nor should they. This is not a failure or technology, its not a failure in childrens behavior, its a failure of adults to adjust to this new technology and recognize how powerful it is.

    Simple. Don’t give kids a smart phone. Sure let them on the internet at home, semi-supervised. But with a smart phone they turn into zombies, tweeting not speaking, dumbed down, inarticulate, unable to read faces, unused to reading faces, and as face reading the way we learn to empathisize these kids don’t learn empathy, they don’t read long books, they don’t exercise as much as before, they don’t write long sentences or long paragraphs.

    Its a disaster of epic proportions. Destroying a generation. This is a case of parents imagination not catching up with the technology. A generation of parents who dont know or understand how powerful a minor with free 24/7 access to technology is!

    JUST DOn’t GIVE YOUR KIDS A PHONE< until the slow moving adult population catches up and makes it illegal in schools and illadvised at home.

  • joymccullough

    @KQEDEdspace I personally do not social network as much teens because its full of drama, however I have seen a couple sexually explicit pictures of my peers on social media. When I see this it gives me a different perception of the person, and makes me judge and think highly negative of them. I think it is a problem, however girls shouldn’t be taking sexually explicit photos anyways, so that is just dumb on their behalf. @MrshephardAG

  • Grace

    Who is they? And what act is wrong? The exploitation of girls, or the sexual acts these girls are doing?

  • David Jenny

    Really… You don’t say…

  • David Jenny

    Over 6.5 million kids from 13-17 have Facebook accounts and over 95% of kids these kids see offensive and hurtful things on the internet every week. (http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm) In the last couple of years cyberbullying has been made known through America. Since now spend kid spend most of the time on the internet new breeds of cyber-bullying brew every couple months. The new type of bullying is called “slut-shaming” happens when someone uses a girl’s videos or picture to ruin a girl personal reputation. They out these girl’s like Hester Prim in the book “The Scarlet Letter.” If Facebook employees look more carefully at these photos it will stop these things from happening. The other thing is to share the horrors of social media in classes, or just do the obvious thing and just not post pictures that would be taken as sexually explicit in the first place. Cyber victim suicides should not have to happen for us to notice this.