Keeping Ivanhoe parents ahead of the rest

Latest Internet Craze – I-Dosing!

Just when you thought you had heard it all, a new craze called “I-Dosing” that creates a “digital high” is being taken up by teens in the US.  I asked my Year 11 class if anyone had heard of it or done it and they, thankfully, had not but like other things it is sometimes only a matter of time before interest is raised in Australia.  I-Dosing involves listening to purposely created audio files downloaded from the Internet. Videos of teens in extreme distress while using these “digital drugs” are appearing on Youtube; some receiving almost half a million hits. Typically, the audio files consist of droning music which removes the listener from reality and places them in a dream-like state. I-Dosers report that the sensation of I-Dosing is similar to what one feels after taking illicit drugs like marijuana and ecstasy.

Schools in America have sent letters to parents to inform them about the dangerous trend, and some schools are beginning to ban iPods at school because of it. .

One user posted a note on Youtube about an ‘I-Dose called ‘Shroom’, The user wrote: ‘just listened to this… at the beginning I began to see some blinking light (while eyes closed), then the pitch went up and I began to feel that Im sinking into my chair…as the pitch went down I began to feel confident, and very relaxed, and I dont want to stand up from my chair and I dont want to say any words…’

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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