Includes stories from Slender Man, a fictional character that inspired two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls to stab and nearly kill a friend.As parents, educators, and volunteers who work with youth, we probably think that today's youth live in a complex world—one that may prove to be more challenging than when we were teenagers.Unfortunately these types of events are not just stories they really happen and young teen internet users are at the greatest risk.Online social and dating sites continue to grow at a rapid rate over the last few years and there is an increased risk a teen will fall victim to an online predator.I told no one, immersed and isolated in my secret life. In moments of fleeting clarity, I wanted to understand what was happening to me. Was it just my marriage problems, or was there something deeper causing me to behave that way?I met all sorts of people, from all over the world, older and younger, and each seemingly as desperate for a true connection as I. Should I be blaming my mother, or my – mostly absent – father for feeling that something was eternally missing? I was born to a woman that didn't much want children, and who fell foul to postnatal depression a good couple of decades before the term was even coined.Teens may be especially confused and misinformed by media-based myths about sexuality and sex role behaviors.It is not uncommon to see images of sexual behavior on TV shows that teens prefer and hear explicit sexual lyrics in the songs teens listen to.
The icon is disguised as “My Utilities,” so no one will ever guess there are private photos tucked away in your phone.Sex as portrayed in the media translates into clothing styles as well as behaviors (teens are likely to learn how to behave on a first date from the media).The media's exaggeration of early teen's sex roles create a huge divide between young men and women in how they dress and act towards one another.All it takes to become a user is a username, password and a picture.These sites are not constantly monitored and information can be provided on how to reach users in the real world.