Woe to be a teenager in the era of sexting — girls were mean enough when the only tools they had were words | National Post

The year is 1999. “No Scrubs” is burning up the charts and Beyoncé is still in Destiny’s Child. Pokémon – the analog kind – is all the rage. And mood rings bedeck the fingers of tweens tapping wildly on ICQ.

I missed that specific chat messaging app trend in grade seven. I didn’t get a computer with high-speed for another year, and by then everyone had switched to MSN messenger. But the era of cyberbullying was dawning. Several girls in the two tight-knit sections of my French immersion class were suspended for typical mean girl nonsense on ICQ.

Tacking “cyber” onto age-old trends as they manifest in the digital age is an easy way to make them sound scarier, but when it comes to what adolescents put each other through, the rise of the Internet and smartphone has had startling consequences. If it was bad when I was in middle school; it must be almost unbearable now.  Read more …

via Woe to be a teenager in the era of sexting — girls were mean enough when the only tools they had were words | National Post

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