Cyber-Flashing…Writers should Always be on the Lookout!

I have a little section of my brain that resembles a hound dog.  Nose to the ground, tail at half mast, she is relentless seeking a hot trail.  Until she sniffs out an idea. Then the moon can hear her baying, the tail going like a pinwheel, the nose making a furrow in the soft dirt, it smells so good.

A friend shared a post with me on Google+ and it inspired me to write.  teens, Internet, caution, inspiration
Inspiration:  As some of you may know I have written 28 short plays for teenagers in the classroom.
Subjects that challenge them every day: bullying, cyber-bullying, cutting, drug use, texting and driving, date violence, breaking up, running away, etc.  But I haven’t written one about the  damage that an indiscriminate photo or posting can do…..forever!  

When I first saw this photo, I chuckled and wondered if the teacher realized that there was a fire extinguisher behind her.  Photos and gossip spreads like ‘wild fire’ on the Internet because of one supposedly innocent posting.  And no fire extinguisher, fire hose, or fire truck would be big enough to put it out once it’s  out there.  Do our young people realize that a posting on a social network could follow them forever? College applications, job interviews, credit reports.

teens flashing, Internet,
Stop!! Don’t Do It !! This photo will follow YOU forever!

Young people don’t think much of sending each other (sometimes) inappropriate photos.  Or they say things about others (often not true) and think it’s funny, not to be taken seriously.  A prank in the moment.  They don’t realize that they may be harming themselves (or others) for a long time to come.  THINK!  Before you Post!

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