A new YouTube trend is leaving teens even more exposed. Girls and Boys video themselves seeking feedback on how others think they look. The videos are often headed, Am I ugly? or Do you think I am pretty? There are no privacy settings so these videos are open to anyone and everyone.
Those who view the video then have a field day anonymously responding to the question. The feedback is immediate, unfiltered and can be very harsh.
I thought long and hard about whether I should add this video clip to this post and decided to because I feel that parents need to know what their children are capable of doing. This girl is a normal little girl, she is probably about 10 or a 11 years old, she is not precocious and could be any one of our daughters and yet what she has done could have a devastating impact on her life.
Her video has had a huge 3 million views, and features this sweet little girl asking if she is ugly. Comments left under the video, on both ends of the spectrum are quite disturbing and hurtful.
“Pretty ugly. You’re really pathetic for uploading this video, you knew you would get hate,” says one cruel viewer.
This is just one of many recent trends leaving children open to peer judgment. Two years ago formspring.me was all the rage. The site allowed teens to anonymously pose questions to each other and can be used to cyberbully.