The Stuebenville Rape Case — which I wrote about in a previous blog, Defining Manhood—has given us insights into social media use within the teen culture.
Social Media is transforming the way we interact and behave.
Courtney Stein writes about a trending topic among teens stating, “There are countless websites, Facebook pages and Twitter handles that are created to shame girls online, many are literally called ‘exposing hoes.’” Courtney who interviewed Temitayo Fagbenle, a Radio Rookie with WYNC, says that when she logs onto Facebook her newsfeed is full of explicit photos and videos of teenage girls.
This past February, the Urban Institute released a study on digital dating abuse among teens. The study found that one out of four dating teens were abused or harassed online or through text. The study finds, “Victims of digital abuse and harassment are twice as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.” Abuse and unhealthy relationships are no longer behind closed doors — they are out there for everyone to see.
One aspect of social media and teen culture that’s key for parents and educators to understand is cyber bullying. We need to be equipped with the right tools and information on this issue so we can help our children navigate through various situations.
I hope you’re able to join us.