Teenage Insults, Scrawled on Web, Not on Walls

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    essies "We're all just walking each other home." Ram Dass

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    Teenage Insults, Scrawled on Web, Not on Walls
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    It is the online version of the bathroom wall in school, the place to scrawl raw, anonymous gossip.

    Formspring.me, a relatively new social networking site, has become a magnet for comments, many of them nasty and sexual, among the Facebook generation.

    While Formspring is still under the radar of many parents and guidance counselors, over the last two months it has become an obsession for thousands of teenagers nationwide, a place to trade comments and questions like: Are you still friends with julia? Why wasn’t sam invited to lauren’s party? You’re not as hot as u think u are. Do you wear a d cup? You talk too much. You look stupid when you laugh.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/us/06formspring.html?hp

    Warning to parents: Another reason to please monitor your child's computer!! :twocents:
     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/06/us/06formspring.html?pagewanted=2&hp
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    Many families on Long Island became aware of Formspring after the March suicide of Alexis Pilkington, a 17-year-old West Islip soccer player who had received many nasty messages
    One mother in Westchester County, N.Y., discovered Formspring when her daughter came to her, sobbing, after reading putdowns of her breasts and her teeth.

    “She was very, very upset,” the woman said. “She’s always been self-conscious, and in a way this just flushed out what people might been thinking all along. She worked very hard on figuring out how to answer. But there’s a kind of obsessiveness to it. She still wants to read everything.”

    Unknown to her daughter, the woman has learned her password, and occasionally checks her Facebook and Formspring accounts.

    “The comments are all gross and sexual,” the mother said. “And yet, of course, this is coming from her friends. I wish I could just erase it, but all of her friends are online, and so much of their social interaction is online that I don’t think I could just take away her Internet access. But I do think this whole online social media thing is a huge experiment on our children.”
     

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