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i’m sure by now you’ve heard about the twitter prank that used justin bieber’s name to encourage young people to ‘cut’ themselves. the tweet and hashtag went throughout cyberspace with photos of teens with cut arms.

quite frankly this is a form of bullying. to make fun of an issue that so many teens struggle with is heartless.  self-injury is one of the fastest growing risk behaviors for teens, especially girls.  studies have shown that as many as 1 in 12 teens harm themselves through cutting.

teens often cut when they feel like no one else understands them and they don’t know how else to express their hurt, sadness or anger.  that posting served to make teens who self-injure feel worse about themselves.  it only led to more violence and harm.

lots of folks have blasted the originators of the post.  i agree we can’t allow bullies like the authors of that post get away with it.  it’s zero tolerance time for that behavior.

let’s take back our cyber communities.   i’m calling for the authors of that post to not only be protested but prosecuted. violence is violence and there is no room for it online…


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yesterday my boyfriend almost knocked himself off the couch in shock at the curse words jumping off the twitter page of a teen family member.  it’s obvious this teen has no idea people are watching and that some of those people may be college recruits, future employers, and shocker adult family members…

unfortunately that teen is not the only one making crazy bunders on FB, twitter, instagram and all the many other internet sources out there.  my fav is the bigbootygal@soandso email addy that popped into my university inbox.  this unaware student had no clue that her email address might make an ‘impression’ on the professor she was hoping to get an opportunity to work with! i schooled her of course and she quickly got a more suitable address for professional connections.

the reality is it’s not just young people who are making a mess out of social media etiquette.  none of us really have an idea what and how we are supposed to be using the technology. let’s not even go there with folks talking on their cell phones when they clearly shouldNOT…we are all sucked in and getting suckered at the same time.   

where is the manual? why are there no classes?  i really think we need licenses on some of these blogs sites of who can comment and say what.  i’m not the only one ranting.   according to a recent survey conducted by Intel, most Americans feel that tech etiquette is down the tubes.  

so this Fall, i’ve decided to start including tech etiquette as part of my college course syllabi.  might as well start with the next generation to correct this cybercraziness…check my FB status for updates, LOL!

no seriously, i’ll be giving a blog update on tips I give in the class. so stay tuned…

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