Two clicks away from innocence

Two clicks away from innocence The effects of social media on young minds MELBOURNE, VIC June 27, 2011 – MELBOURNE child behaviour consultant and successful blogger Nathalie Brown has witnessed first-hand the devastation “safe’’ social media sites have caused young minds. Through her business Easy Peasy Kids, she’s seen behavioural issues in teenagers aggravated by comments posted on social media sites like Facebook. She knows of innocent children being exposed to obscene language and provocative photos. And it’s easily accessed. It took her one click on a 14-year-old girl’s Facebook profile and onto some of her “900 friends’’ to amass a string of inappropriate and offensive language. Nathalie said teenagers were not adults. “Young minds are at a crucial developmental stage, which will shape their future adult personalities.’’ She said the real issue was innocent children who were “just two clicks away’’ from reading comments like the following. Boy 16: “I never raped anyone, get your story right b—-. You were that drunk s—, having sex with everything that moved…” And, Boy 15: “(Girl’s name) best root. Knows how to make your night, takes it up the a–. Also knows how to use her hands. 10/10.” These were found not by searching for the words, but by simply clicking on a teenager’s profile. Nathalie stresses she is not anti-Facebook, being an avid user personally and for her business. She also understands it is not Facebook which has made some teenagers morally devoid. However, with social media used in classrooms via mobile phones, pages setup bragging about who has had sex with who and extremely provocative and offensive profile photos,...