Well, the internet is copping a caning this morning!
We are seeing all over the media (TV, papers and radio) the story about – Film of girl set alight on sale at school for $5 [news.com.au]. “Why is this an internet problem and not a social problem?” I hear you ask, well it seems that the girl met up with the gang via MSN.
Abused DVD girl met attackers online
The Australian : October 24, 2006
A TEENAGE girl shown being degraded, sexually abused and set alight on a DVD being sold in Melbourne schools met the boys who did it in an online chatroom, her father said today.
The DVD shows up to 12 youths from the outer western suburb of Werribee attacking the girl, said to be intellectually impaired.
It shows members of the group urinating on the girl, setting fire to her hair and shows her performing lurid acts on the boys.
DVD copies of the video have been sold in schools in Melbourne’s west for $5.
Other excerpts of the film, featuring the boys dropping flares on a homeless man, preparing chlorine-filled bombs to detonate in suburban streets and throwing eggs at taxi drivers.
Father, “Alan”, tells ABC radio “it’s a horrible, horrible thing that has happened to my daughter“.
Dad’s horror at attack DVD
The Age : October 24, 2006
He said his daughter had met the boys through internet chat service MSN and arranged to meet two of them at Werribee train station one Friday night after school. Upon arriving at the station, she was surrounded by a dozen boys who forced her down to nearby Werribee River, where the attack took place.
Which the media is picking up with stories such as Parents ‘must keep abreast’ of new sites [The Age]
National E-Security Awareness Week 23-27 October 2006
Also today, the Australian Government has launched their Stay Smart Online initiative as part of National E-Security Awareness Week. ( Have a peek at the list of events )
” History will record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the vitriolic words and violent actions of the bad people, but the appalling silence and indifference of the good people. Our generation will have to repent not only for the words and acts of the Children of Darkness, but also for the fear and apathy of the Children of Light.”
– Martin Luther King
Food for thought:: This is NOT an internet problem, this is a social problem! In what context is this behavior perceived as being acceptable?