The Awful Reality of Being Online

Kim Bateman

This week in #ecmp355 we covered a tough topic. The topic of sextortion.  It breaks my heart to see accounts and stories of young children who make one little decision that haunts them for the rest of their lives. And I’m not being dramatic. Sextortion has been the cause of many suicides. You just have to do a quick online search to realize that sextortion is dangerously life threatening to young people in today’s culture of technology and online citizenship. As you can see, my quick search of “sextortion suicide” in Google brought up story after story with tragic endings for the children involved.

I watched a documentary about Amanda Todd, who became well known in Canada after her suicide in 2012. It all started with a spur of the moment choice to flash the camera once while she was logged in to a chat room. She made a…

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