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17 November 2007 @ 09:24 am
Smiling Faces Sometimes...  
I followed the link provided by xtremeroswellia (thanks! I think...) to this story about a teenage girl named Megan Meier dealing with ADD, depression, and weight issues who was driven over the edge and committed suicide after being manipulated via a fake Myspace account and taunted, mocked and ridiculed one day. You will be utterly shocked by who was posing as a cute boy named Josh to win over Megan's friendship and gain her confidence.

This article touches upon so many important issues--body image, verbal abuse, the vulnerabilities of children with ADD as well as depression and weight issues, the failure of our laws to keep up with new technologies, and the difficulties parents face even when they try hard to be very watchful and involved with their children's online lives.

I often tell members of my forum that words really can hurt--this is even more true when dealing with teenagers who are impulsive even when ADD is not added to the mix.
Mari Adkins: headdeskmariadkins on November 17th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
I often tell members of my forum that words really can hurt

That's one thing I just can't understand. I've been online since 1987 and back in 2002 or 2003 I started seeing the whole "the Internet is just words on a screen. Nothing about the Internet is real" meme crop up. Had it been around before then, I just don't know; it's just that then's when it started showing up around me. But I don't get it. Yes, there are words on the screen, but there are real, breathing, human people behind those words. There are real, breathing, human people on the other end of the telephone, too - but folks don't dismiss them as "voices on the ethers". :headwall: