‘Slut Shaming’

I heard a sobering report on NPR. It was another report in what seems to be an endless stream of reports on Cyber Bullying. However, this report was a little different, it was  by a 16 year old named Temitayo Fagbenle. Her age added an interesting perspective to the report. Inaddition the teenagers she interviewed seemed to be more candid and open to sharing their true thoughts and feelings.  For those of us who love and care for teenagers it is an important report to hear. Here is a link to the audio version as well as the text.

This makes me wonder:

How we can help teenagers realize this type of behavior is wrong?

How we can promote safe online behavior?

How do we deal with this when students in our youth ministry participate in this type of behavior?

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  1. There are at least two issues in the story for me-

    1. One is the bullying aspect- We need to leave the judging or shaming to God and teach our students more about grace and mercy in difficult spots.

    2. Dealing with the digital world- I think parents and youth ministries need to teach etiquette on Facebook and Twitter. Not just politeness, but how do we live in the digital world as Christians…How does the life of Jesus and His sacrifice for me affect what I post on Facebook? Twitter? What I comment on? What I share? It needs to pass the Philippians 4:8 test.

    3. Lastly we need to teach our young people not to put themselves into these situations. If you don’t want your picture/video distributed on the internet/facebook/twitter- then don’t put yourself in that situation. If you send a naked picture to your boyfriend/girlfriend- it’s likely to be seen by others and is one click away from being seen by the world. We need to teach students to think ahead about how they respond before they get in the heat of the moment. Guys and girls, in this situation, need to look after themselves.

  2. Steve,

    Great thoughts! I especially like the idea of living in the digital world as Christians. How does Christ make all things new in our lives? How does Christ change the way we live and interact with others? Good stuff!

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