An interesting article.
“This is the 21st century and they need to get with it,” said Strasburger, a University of New Mexico adolescent medicine specialist.
Well, my supporters and I were kind of ‘with it’ two years ago. There always seems to be a few years before everyone catches up. One of my predictions for the future is that, just as cigarettes and alcohol are restricted, Internet use for younger people will be treated the same way. At some point, someone will cotton on that Facebook, Ask.fm and all the others are in some way part of the problem, and some bright spark will commence some sort of lawsuit against it all. I highly doubt that useless parents will ever do anything, but I foresee a time when the better ones exert much more control.
“I guarantee you that if you have a 14-year-old boy and he has an Internet connection in his bedroom, he is looking at pornography,” Strasburger said.
Within the scientific community, and society at large, there is still a very strange sexist attitude concerning boys. It seems to still promote the view that boys watch porn, and girls do not. This is quite dangerous, and I have banged on about it quite a lot. It’s about time that people acknowledge the activity of girls online. He could have just as easily written ‘I guarantee that if you have a 14 year old girl, she will have flashed’. Really, people need to stop being squeamish about all this.
However, regarding the Amanda Todd story, I think we should also get away from the slight red herring that all the males involved in online shenanigans are middle-aged perverts – that’s yet another misleading concept. Sure, there are people like that, but in a lot of the cases we are seeing now, nearly all the problems come from the peer groups of those involved. So telling your kid to watch out for older men is ridiculous – they need to watch out for their own friends, both male and female.
Meanwhile, I have found a Facebook page:
Whoever is running this page seems to be quite concerned. Unfortunately, because they didn’t put the all important ‘Amanda Todd’ in the title, it only has 188 likes. Please give them some support.
I also add this site: http://themodernparent.net/digital-self-harm-what-parents-need-to-know/