February 21st, 2011

Ooops.

12 On Their Way to Cruise Among Dead in Plane Crash

Tampa mom makes son wear sign announcing 1.22 GPA

He is 15.  He had to stand on a street corner with the sign for almost 4 hours.   This was not the first option; the parents "offered help, asked to see homework, grounded, lectured him and confiscated his cell phone."  Obviously, it's made the news because people thought it was excessive, to he point where the mom was reported to the Department of Children and Families.  Honestly?  I think this was a creative choice.  It was certainly humiliating for the teenager, but that's good.  He's already hyper-aware of the judgments of his peers and society, a part of being a teenager.  It's such a powerful force, parents are fools to NOT tap into it. 

Websites may encourage self-injury in teens, young adults.

Hey, look... it has a name now.  -_-

I have never even considered looking at videos for self harm... what, inspiration?  That's not the word I'm looking for.  Once upon a time, I had self-harm behaviors.  No, not just drinking too much - cutting and scratching and hitting walls.  I've mellowed out, and part of that was being able to NOT have to do so.  Somehow, I figured out that looking at images of other people doing the same thing fulfilled whatever chemicals my brain was trying to produce (minus endorphins).  I didn't have to actually do it.  I never thought of looking at videos.

"The analysis of the self-injury content found that 53% was delivered in a factual or educational tone, while 51% was delivered in a melancholic tone. Pictures and videos commonly showed explicit demonstrations of the self-harming behavior."

I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a "how to" video.  Is it better that there are "how to" videos so that some kid doesn't actually kill themselves?  I mean, it is very easy to go too much and too deep.  There's no data on whether or not this might actually reduce frequencies of self harm.  

"The study concludes that the findings about the volume and nature of self-injury content on YouTube show 'an alarming new trend among youth and young adults and a significant issue for researchers and mental health workers.'"  Alright, now you're just full of it.  I don't believe it's any more prevalent than it was a decade ago.  Like so many things in the information age, it is simply MORE visible now.  More and more people are focused on user-created content, a huge leap from where we were even a decade ago.  Younger folks are far more savvy in navigating this world, but they may also not have the experiences WE have which tell us what should be private and what shouldn't be.  

"CNNHealth.com mental health expert Dr. Charles Raison, an Emory University psychiatrist, explained 'NSSI is a young person’s affliction…one in ten will kill themselves. A lot of people will outgrow the behavior.' Raison said that it’s common for troubled young people to share information about these behaviors."

While I don't like the language... well, at least he's paying attention.
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