We spend considerable time doing research into youth internet use, what platforms are hot (and not so hot), and how kids are getting themselves into trouble or finding themselves on the receiving end of bad experiences online. We try to stay on top of what is happening in order to help parents know what to look for.
Not much shocks us any more, but frankly we were amazed to see the volume and diversity of bad behavior online last week. As follows are excerpts from various media reports over the last few days. These aren’t isolated incidents, and it’s not just kids getting into hot water.
“…high school student was arrested Friday morning on a cyberbullying charge after allegedly threatening another student via Twitter.”
“FBI: Google employee scammed undergrad into sending him nude pics”
“Supermodel Chrissy Teigen [deleted Twitter account after being] victim of cyberbullying, death threats”
“[Elizabeth NJ] Police are involved in an investigation into sexually explicit and otherwise bullying Twitter posts targeting city high school students”
“video [posted on social media] depicting two 13-year-old Philadelphia boys having sex with an 11-year-old girl, who they allegedly blackmailed before posting the footage to social media.”
Everyone who has spent an appreciable amount of time online, particularly on social media, has a megaphone these days. Thoughts, mistakes and bad deeds posted online can be amplified and get completely out of control. And stay there forever.
Talk to your kids about the perils of what they post online, and what others post about them.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.