Parkersburg, WV — Our social networks are making it harder to ensure our teens are not learning about fake content. Any mentions that the material they read is artificial; they argue that it is genuine. When will our teens learn to tell the difference?
There was evidence that our teens are not researching before believing any content they read. They argue against others when they realize the content is fake. Our teenagers will consider any material they find and will say when they see they are wrong. Our teens think what they read is possible to be genuine; without a doubt, it is a fake.
In May 2014, two teenagers, both 12-years-old, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, charges filed for first-degree intentional homicide after trying to kill their friend. They hospitalized the victim and recovered after being stabbed 19 times. There reasoning for such a heinous crime was due to becoming a “proxy of slender” by killing someone.
Slender man is a tall, skinny figure who’s often depicted to lack a face. However, some pictures are to have more limbs in some photos. Wooded areas are his general spotting sights such as forests, and lures children for his cruel actions.
Slender man is an example that our teens should do more research on any material they find on the web. Sometimes on the internet, it is fake or made up to pass the time. We should take the time to search to ensure that the material is genuine. As adults, we should seek ways to provide our teens understand what could be false and what could be genuine.
What we should worry about is the material we read every day as it makes it harder to tell what is genuine or if it is misleading. Without digging for the information, we desire, we can become lost with all the knowledge we can come across on the web. Remember to search for the material you see on the social networks to ensure the content is genuine.
We can look at the Tide Pods event that happened a few months ago where our teens were eating Tide Pods because it was trending on the web. If our teens had searched before doing such imbecilic action, they would have known it was harmful and wrong for them.”
Slender Man is real!
Teenagers believe anything they read online. Sadly, there is no way to explain to them about the seriousness of understanding nothing on the web is always legitimate. On top of that, adults act the same way at times. However, Slender Man, himself, is not real, and the sooner our teenagers realize this creature is a fantasy created by the internet, the better our teenagers will be when entering the adult world.