Powerful Message at the Oscars, The Pursuit of “Hotness,” and Dangers Online
Happy March, everyone! I am writing to share with you how our issue of the prevention of sexual violence against women and children has been front and center this week at the Oscars and also other timely news.
Powerful Message at the Oscars
Also, Lady Gaga performed a wonderful song at the Oscars, “Til it happens to you,” which exposes the pain of sexual violence happening across America, in particular … the rape of college girls on campus. At the end of Lady Gaga’s performance, dozens of young people appeared on stage with powerful messages tattooed on their arms, like “Survivor,” “It happened to me,” and “You are Loved.”
The pursuit of “hotness” has become huge in the lives of American girls. Studies, including a report by the American Psychological Association in 2007, concludes this has “wide-ranging ramifications for girls’ health and well-being, including studies that link this pressure to sexualize on all kinds of things like rising anxiety, depression, cutting, eating disorders.”
Beware! Last time I wrote to you about some of the dangers regarding the Kik App. I now want to alert you to the many dating apps attracting teens, some of which are downright creepy. ” In its heyday, Hot or Not, perhaps one of the cruelest and most entertaining websites on the Web, was the go-to site for finding out on a 1 to 10 scale whether you were a beauty or a beast in the eyes of your peers. The site inspired social media sites ranging from Facebook to Tinder, and now it’s back to cash in on the Internet dating scene. Like many of the other apps, it uses location to link you to people near you. The app’s defining feature, “Hot Lists,” reportedly gauges a person’s hotness through crowdsourced votes, just like the old website used to do. The app is supposed to update in real time, so you can find the best looking people in your vicinity….” excerpted from article. Read more here.
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Parents and Grandparents, please remember to have an ongoing dialogue with your kids about how they are using technology. First and foremost, establish an atmosphere of trust. Know who they are communicating with online and talk about who is safe and who is not. Review their posts and pictures with them. Make sure you are friends with them on their social media sites and that their profiles/sites are set to private. Teach them there are NO take backs and to think before they post.
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