Social Concepts

When social networks need to step in

Posted on: March 8, 2011

When I first saw this video, I had no words for it. Seriously, I nearly had tears in my eyes and felt sorry for the group of girls, their parents, and their entire family. More so, for all the kids in this generation.

It begs us to question what we’re doing wrong with our youth today, given their actions. Are parents not disciplining them enough? Are they too busy to pay them any attention in the first place?

In my opinion, it’s a little bit of both. These kids are being brought up in the 21st century, an age where technology has taken over our lives. We’ve succumb to this very open lifestyle where we have dozens of outlets to speak our piece and be heard across the nation, all thanks to channels like YouTube, and Vimeo. Just use your smartphone to shoot a quick video, and upload it without your parents’ supervision.

Though there should be more supervision, and more standards when it comes to uploading/downloading things on the web, young individuals are finding their ways around the online universe. What’s worse is that channels like YouTube aren’t necessarily taking these exploitive videos down. It’s a huge ethical question; how liable should online services be held for the actions of children on their sites?

Clearly, parents should be doing more to monitor their children online. But the media and parents should, at least in my opinion, work in tandem with each other. If I were working at YouTube, just as quickly as I would take a video down that evoked racial opposition and a slew of emotions, I’d act quickly to take down a video of underage kids using foul language and acting a fool. A few weeks ago, even, there was a video of a middle-school girl having sex with two classmates. The video circulated on Facebook for about a week, and is now finally taken down. But it should have been taken down as soon as it was uploaded.

These companies should pay much more attention to the content they’re hosting on their sites, especially when it comes to underage children.

It’s hard enough as it is being in an extreme social/technological world with little to no ethical standards, as it is.

(Update) As you can see, it is now April and this video is STILL up. smh.


1 Response to "When social networks need to step in"

This is ridiculously upsetting and sad. Parents do need to step in! What’s worse though is that I’m certain websites, whether YouTube or Vimeo, etc. have policies that won’t allow for users under a certain age to post. Usually, that age is 13, but I definitely believe for video sites it should be 18 or older, even when the video is not classified as an “adult” video. It’ll definitely lead to a reduction in inappropriate videos like these, unless (as they do so often) the young teens find more loopholes.

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