Report by Sinead and Fiona
29th June 2016
Social media can be good, but it is having negative effects on teenage minds and having disastrous consequences.
Body shaming, slut shaming. Teen girls are always focused on their bodies. Some girls are tricked into sending pictures and, once you send them, you can’t take them back.
These girls are victims of revenge porn, but as the law only recognises this as a crime that affects over 18s they can’t take legal action unless they go after the offender for child porn, and if a girl or boy sends the nude picture themselves this could resume in her facing legal sanctions.
An example of how dangerous social media can be is what happened to Tovonna Holton, she was found dead by her mother lying in a pool of blood. She shot herself dead after ‘friends’ filmed her nude in the shower and put her on snapchat without her permission. The police looked into it but had no evidence she was being bullied or that she hadn’t consented to being filmed in the shower.
Her mum quoted;
‘Bullying NO longer looks liked it used to and it isn’t restricted to the playground. It is complex, subtle and cruel.’
Think before you send.
By Sinead and Fiona