Teens do stupid things ALL the time and I think we’d all agree that being shockingly heartless (at times) tops the list. And for a group that’s so technologically savvy, it seems odd to add “socially unaware” to that list, but it’s right up there, as we are seeing more and more of them posting things online that will affect them for years to come.
Case in point: Two teen girls were arrested on Sunday for threatening the Steubenville rape victim via Twitter. They could potentially face felony charges.
And the mother of one of these teens is desperately trying to play catch up online.
You can see the screenshots of the tweets that were posted threatening the rape victim here. But don’t stop there! If you scroll down, you’ll see a post from a person identifying herself as Janice, one of the offending teens’ mother.
But, much like Anonymous, the Internet does not forgive and it certainly doesn’t forget. The hell-fury that those tweets unleashed was expected (and deserved) – but Janice, the misguided mom trying to “make things right” added jet fuel to the fire:
There were a few voices calling for restraint . . .
. . . but let’s be fair here: Parents need to parent. You need to know what your child is doing online . . . or risk dealing with the fallout.
Do you want to be that mom or dad? Are you SURE your teen isn’t on the fast track to this sort of thing happening to your family?
Don’t think it can’t happen to you. Doesn’t your teen’s life center around his/her friends too?
And FYI, as you read, “dox’ing” is finding (and sharing) personal information about someone. There are lots of calls for that on this post and elsewhere.
This typically takes the form of seeing your full name, street address, phone number, social security number, school and more posted and shared widely online. Also family members’ personal info and really any other info they can find. It’s a stalkers’ dream, really. And people get INSANELY angry over stuff like this.
Sound scary? It is. Go talk to your kids.
(Teen and mom image from Shutterstock)