Category Archives: Internet

Promiscuity and Social Networking Websites

Turns out that the latter leads to the former!  Recent research by the University of Buffalo Department of Communication and the University of Hawaii reveals that the people who watch reality television visit social networking websites to engage in behaviors like the celebrities they see on shows like American Idol or Survivor.

When people on reality TV are rewarded for their behavior, it communicates to the (usually) young audience that these behaviors are good things.  These so-called “reality” TV shows depict people being exploitive, deceitful, hyper-emotional, vengeful, conspiratorial, sexually promiscuous, generally undignified, immodest, self-centered, and basically exhibitionistic.

According to the university research, “heavy reality TV viewers may adapt personality traits association with celebrities….Reality TV even may be to blame for the erosion of the distinction between the everyday world and the celebrity world.”

This phenomenon is encouraging young folks to make personal information about themselves publicly available online.  We’ve all heard about the proliferation of youngsters sending photos to each other and through the Internet, revealing their genitals and showing themselves engaged in various sexual acts.  Instead of this being “shameful,” it’s trendy.  Parents are becoming way too lax in allowing their children access to electronic equipment, from cell phones to the Internet, without any supervision.  So, with a little “push” and little “pull” back, kids are getting themselves into situations which will impact them for a lifetime.

When children behave like out-of-control celebrities, including drug use, sex, having out-of-wedlock babies, “shacking up,” and testing their parents’ limits as well as the limits of the law, they are less likely to be studying, participating in sports, or contributing charitably in their neighborhoods.

A Canadian Court Has Lost Its Mind

A Canadian court has lifted a 12 year old girl’s “grounding,” overturning her father’s punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet.  The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting inappropriate pictures of herself online using a friend’s computer.

Unbelievably, the judge, Justice Suzanne Tessier, decided the punishment was too severe, and basically severed this father’s parental authority.  Unbelievable.  Unbelievable.

Evidently, the girl’s Internet transgression was just the latest in a pattern of broken house rules.

Obviously, this situation should never have been accepted for adjudication.  Obviously, this judge has taken leave of her common sense.  Obviously, this judge should lose her position.  Obviously, this is going to undermine parenting in Canada, and anywhere else such nonsense is permitted.

By the way, there’s a twist to this story – one which may explain the judge’s behavior.  The court-appointed lawyer who represented this child is the same lawyer who has been involved in the child’s parents’ 10 year custody battle!  If I were suspicious, I might wonder if this judge is a feminist type who identified with the mom as a co-oppressee and misused judicial power to support women – right or wrong.  Not an accusation, you understand, but just an attempt at understanding the unacceptable.

Three Internet Providers Agree to Block Child Porn

Internet providers Verizon, Sprint, and Time-Warner Cable have agreed to block access to child pornography and eliminate the material from their servers, according to Andrew Cuomo, New York State’s Attorney General.

According to the AP, “Investigators said they found 88 newsgroups devoted to child pornography in an 8 month investigation. “   All are being shut down by these cable providers.

“We are doing our part to deter the accessibility of such harmful content through the Internet, and we are providing monetary resources that will go toward the identification and removal of online child pornography,” said Sprint spokesman Matthew Sullivan.  “We embrace this opportunity to build upon our own long-standing commitment to online child safety.”

A Verizon representative pointed out that they can’t possibly scan every user group, but they will work very quickly to deal with the issue when it is brought to their attention.

Ya know, technologically, Internet providers have incredible resources for scanning….they just need the will.  It looks like Andrew Cuomo has made them find the will.