As I was running on the treadmill today, I was watching the news (yes, that’s right the traditional news on TV) I heard about a story that is being investigated in many counties in North Carolina about the circulation of nude photos by high school students on Instagram. What has our world come to if girls are degrading themselves on social media by posting nude photos? Don’t they know that anyone can see these? And there are series consequences that can come from these nude photos… a year of jail time for distributing these types of pictures to minors. Bet the girls didn’t know that.
It made me wonder if all this access and use of social media is changing the minds of youth for the worse, making unacceptable things acceptable in their minds. Middle school students that are involved in this case are even involved, and middle school students are only 11 to 13 years old. This is too young to be exposed to nude photos. What is going to be happening with them when they are say, 18 or 20.
These nude photos taken by the girls can go even deeper into a possible debate on how women are constantly being sexualized in the media, and is this affecting the younger generation of girls? Do they think that because they sent pictures of them nude, that makes them sexy to boys? Could these thoughts be stemmed from all the media that surrounds us today, that continuously is feeding us pictures and scenes of girls wearing barely any clothes to get attention?
I think there are a lot of problems with this situation, and honestly it is probably just going to get worse as the media world continues to grow. So, what can we do about it? Schools are implementing educational programs around the area to reiterate the seriousness and consequences of unsafe behavior online or through social media.
Is this the answer? Or do we need to start doing more to save our nation’s youth from shameful behavior?
To read more about this situation… http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9438016