I think one would have to be living under a rock, or listening to nothing by satellite (more on that later… it’s been bubbling in my head for a while, but this is one of the reasons why it is bad) or top40 radio not to have heard about this atrocity in BC.
Now, while social networking has helped perform surgery, helped after having been arrested or been taken captive, it has also been used to propagate crimes as in this case where photos of the incident have spread onto Facebook and from there… not even Mark, Sergey or Larry know where. If you are one of the many who don’t understand take a look at this earlier post or this video:
What happened in BC certainly goes beyond what the previous worry of sexting ever could have been and into the criminal. But can anything good come of this? Well perhaps. It looks like the school board(s) that are involved will be looking into putting something regarding this new reality into the curriculum. The only problem I see is that they are waiting until grade 10 to talk about this, when they should be starting to talk about responsibility and the use of digital media much earlier… say in kindergarten. We should be teaching the mantra of “Think before you post” right from the start. Perhaps starting with ideas about controlling what information is safe to post… essentially the modren equivalent of “don’t talk to strangers”.