Tuesday, November 12, 2013
News U Can Use: "Ugly or Pretty: Tween Trend"
A shocking trend in cyber bullying, it's called "Ugly or Pretty" and it's catching on. It is a way for kids to receive feedback on their physical appearance through youtube.
"Well I've never done it before but if I could I probably would," said one high school student we spoke with.
Tween turn to the commentary section of youtube for feedback. Asking am I attractive.
Nearly half a million girls have uploaded personal videos onto the website seeking validation, asking viewers to comment on their videos, begging to be told the truth.
Equally unsettling is the type of comments and feedback they receive, some disturbing, others sexually explicit, a few offer criticism.
"We're the only state in the country without anti-bullying legislation. I know even the administrators are concerned about bullying that goes on in school and online," said Denise Juneau, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Who are these young women, and why are they subjecting themselves to this type of feedback? Is it bravery, or something else?
"They're tweens, they're teenagers, and teenagers are children still. They need education," said Kathy Olson, Director of School Leadership for Billings Public Schools.
The average age of posters ranges from nine to thirteen.