Tapati (tapati) wrote,
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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.
Tags: body image, depression, fat acceptance, internet, laws, myspace, verbal abuse
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