we need our own space...
to show our unique sense of creativity, our sense of self & to communicate with the outside world....
girlz & guyz use the internet for different reasons...
"More than half of U.S. teenagers use social networking sites like MySpace, but
girls go online to reaffirm existing friendships, while boys are more often there to flirt....."
excerpt from: CNN.com, January 8, 2007, article: Study: On MySpace, girls seek
friends, boys flirt
same article: "
"These sites are places where you can express yourself not so much to the world, but really to a core group
of friends," said Mary Madden, a co-author of the Pew study. "They are a stable place where friends can find you."
that this homepage reflects the information contained within
the pages of this website & the reasons for the pages that exist?
some girlz aren't sure if they need any advice, info or feedback from anyone...
teenscene is an effort to cover information mutually beneficial for both teen boyz & girlz...
girlz are angels & princesses...
we all use the internet for different reasons...be sure that at this site, you can see where the information came from by clicking on the links at the
bottom of the pages. i want you to be confident, informed & ready to defend your thinking & your beliefs as angels & princesses who visit this site regularly!
who are the girlz that are talking to predators on the internet?
we've seen dateline's shows... we know that the innocence project works up most
of those guyz - ewwwww - if you can call them that....
but in real life... hey girlz.... quit using the internet to meet creepy guyz
& quit talkin' all that sex crap with them!
it only degrades you as a human being!
if you're pimpin' in chat rooms playin guyz, talkin' sex....
it won't be long until he talks you into getting your phone number & then you're lips
will be talkin' to him on your cell...
don't do it girlz! he's a creep, you're having fun...
he's dead serious!
Parents of MySpace hoax victim seek justice
‘No apologies’ over teen who hanged herself over failed romance, kin say
By Mike Celizic
The parents of a 13-year-old Missouri girl who hanged herself after a failed MySpace romance — later uncovered
as a hoax — say they have yet to receive an apology from the family they blame for their daughter’s death.
“They’ve absolutely offered no apologies,” Ron Meier told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer on Monday. “They
sent us a letter in the mail, basically saying that they might feel a little bit of responsibility, but they don’t feel
no guilt or remorse or anything for what they did.”
Rather, said Tina Meier, the people are upset with her for going public with their story. Last week, while shopping,
she ran into the woman who invented the hoax, Tina Meier said.
“She asked me to stop doing all of this,” she told Lauer. “I told her that we wouldn't stop, that
we were going to continue for justice for Megan because we knew what they did.”
The Meiers’ daughter, Megan, hanged herself Oct. 16, 2006.
The Meiers haven't named the people because they don't want to identify their teenage daughter, who had once
been a friend of Megan’s.
After the two girls had a falling out, the mother invented a 16-year-old boy, “Josh Evans,” created
a MySpace account for him & made Megan believe he was new in town & thought she was cool.
‘Oh, Mom, you don’t understand’
a girl who had battled attention deficit disorder, depression & a weight problem for much of her young life, believed
him, despite her mother’s warnings to be cautious.
“That was always the talk,” Tina Meier told Lauer, repeating the conversations she had with her daughter:
“‘Megan, c’mon, we don’t even know this person. Let’s not get too excited.’ She’d
say, ‘Oh, Mom, you don’t understand.’ So I did talk to her daily about that. But children at this age, they
don’t think that.”
And then the boy turned on Megan, leading a campaign of vilification & online name-calling that ended when
Megan took her own life.
For a year, the Meiers kept quiet at the request of both the FBI & local law enforcement officials while
they investigated the incident.
Ultimately, investigators told the Meiers that while the hoax was cruel, it wasn't criminal.
‘Continue to monitor your children’
remains open, though & the Meiers continue to hope that criminal charges can be filed under a federal law passed in January
2006 that prohibits online harassment.
“We're still continuing on with the fight on the criminal & the civil side,” said Ron Meier.
The family’s story is, Tina Meier told Lauer, a cautionary tale about the trouble that lies in wait for
kids on the Internet, a tale made more painful because they had monitored their daughter’s Internet use closely &
had talked to her about “Josh” & the events that ended so tragically.
“It was monitored highly,” Tina Meier said of her daughter’s MySpace account. “We had the password.
She couldn’t sign on without us. We had to be in the room” when she was online.
They haven't filed a civil suit against the people who invented Josh, but aren't ruling that out.
And they also want to warn other parents & children to beware of people online who claim to be their friends.
“Continue to monitor your children,” Tina Meier told Lauer. “Take an extra step. Ask the question.
Look at their computers, know what they’re doing. To kids, don’t trust anybody online that you don't know is your
Tina Meier has said that she doesn’t think anyone involved intended for her daughter to kill herself.
”But when adults are
involved & continue to screw with a 13-year-old, with or without mental problems, it's absolutely vile,” she told
the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, which first reported on the case.
Tina Meier said law enforcement officials told her the case didn't fit into any law. But sheriff’s officials
haven't closed the case & pledged to consider new evidence if it emerges.
Megan Meier was described as a “bubbly, goofy” girl who loved spending time with her friends, watching
movies & fishing with her dad.
Megan had been on medication, but had been upbeat before her death, her mother said, after striking up a relationship
on MySpace with Josh Evans about 6 weeks before her death.
Josh told her he was born in Florida & had recently moved to the nearby community of O’Fallon. He
said he was home-schooled & didn’t yet have a phone number in the area to give her.
Megan’s parents said she received a message from him on Oct. 15 of last year, essentially saying he didn’t
want to be her friend anymore, that he had heard she wasn’t nice to her friends.
Megan seemed upset
The next day, as Megan’s mother
headed out the door to take another daughter to the orthodontist, she knew Megan was upset about Internet messages. She asked
Megan to log off. Users on MySpace must be at least 14, though Megan wasn't when she opened her account. A MySpace spokeswoman
didn't return calls seeking comment.
Someone using Josh’s account was sending cruel messages. Then, Megan called her mother, saying electronic
bulletins were being posted about her, saying things like “Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat.”
Megan’s mother, who monitored her daughter’s online communications, returned home & said she
was shocked at the vulgar language her own daughter was sending. She told her daughter how upset she was about it.
Megan ran upstairs & her father, Ron, tried to tell her everything would be fine. About 20 minutes later,
she was found in her bedroom. She died the next day.
Her father said he found a message the next day from Josh, which he said law enforcement authorities haven't
been able to retrieve. It told the girl she was a bad person & the world would be better without her, he has said.
Another parent, who learned of the MySpace account from her own daughter, who had access to the Josh profile,
told Megan’s parents about the hoax in a counselor’s office about 6 weeks after Megan died. That’s when
they learned Josh was imaginary, they said.
Creator of fake account not charged
The woman who created
the fake profile hasn't been charged with a crime. She allegedly told the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department she
created Josh’s profile because she wanted to gain Megan’s confidence to learn what Megan was saying about her
own child online.
The mother from down the street told police that she, her daughter & another person all typed & monitored
the communication between the fictitious boy & Megan.
A person who answered the door at the family’s house told an Associated Press reporter on Friday afternoon
that they had been advised not to comment.
Megan’s parents had been storing a foosball table for the family that created the MySpace character. Six
weeks after Megan’s death, they learned the other family had created the profile & responded by destroying the foosball
table, dumping it on the neighbors’ driveway & encouraging them to move away.
Megan’s parents are now separated & plan to divorce.
Aldermen in Dardenne Prairie, a community of about 7,000 residents about 35 miles from St. Louis, have proposed
a new ordinance related to child endangerment & Internet harassment. It could come before city leaders on Wednesday.
“Is this enough?” Mayor Pam Fogarty said Friday. “No, not by any stretch of the imagination, but
it’s something & you have to start somewhere.”
source: Today Show
"Hayley used to love going to the
food court with her friends, but now just the thought of it fills her with dread. Besides, she doesn't really even
have time to hang with her friends anymore — she needs more time for her running and cardio. It feels like every time
she looks in the mirror she looks fat, although the scale says she's losing weight. Hayley doesn't feel like herself anymore.
She's having a hard time concentrating in school and she's always so tired.
Hayley has an eating disorder. Eating disorders are common in
America — between 5 and 10 million people have them, and experts estimate that 1% of American teens have an eating disorder.
That means if your class has 400 students, probably about four of them have this condition."
teen health: gives us info concerning eating disorders, but here... we'll get into the minds of those who've had an eating disorder
it's time to learn why food is really fuel for our body & nothing else
click here to check out what a healthy diet looks like!
girlz... get real!!! .... eat when you
need to, not when you're bored with life!
"29% of older boys use these sites to flirt but only 13% of older girls say they
do so. Just 12% of younger girls say they flirt on such sites."
excerpt from: CNN.com, January 8, 2007, article: Study: On MySpace, girls seek friends,
In focus groups Pew conducted among teenagers ahead of the phone
survey, girls said they feared the "creepy 40-year-old man coming after them" but no participant reported incidents of adult
strangers actually contacting them, Madden said.
Among the gender differences noted in the survey, older girls
aged 15 to 17 said they were more likely to have created online profiles on social networking sites, with 70% having done so compared with 57% of boys the same age.
The data, based on phone interviews with 935 young people in
October & November of 2006, shows that 55% of all U.S. youths with online connections
use social networking sites like News Corp.'s MySpace, Facebook or Xanga.
91% of all teens using social
networking sites say they use the sites to stay in touch with friends they see frequently while 82%
use them to stay in contact with friends they rarely see in person, Pew said.
The survey showed the heavy dominance of MySpace among teenagers
relative to other sites.
85% of those who said they
have an online profile mainly use MySpace, while 7% keep a Facebook profile & 1% on Xanga. Smaller numbers have profiles on places like Yahoo, Piczo, Gaia Online & Tagged.com.
64% of both sexes aged 15
to 17 have a profile, while 45% of young people aged 12 to 14 said they did. Older girls
are the most committed, with 70% saying they have created a social networking profile of
Very few participants in the survey (5%)
admitted to being simply lurkers - people who view other social network sites but don't maintain a profile of their own.
The survey's statistical margin of error was 3.7%.
we have to teach others how to treat us...
it's an angels job to kindly advise & a princess' job to demand perfection!