16-year-old Joshua from Essex Street Academy in NYC
In my opinion I don’t think it’s a problem.
I think what happens, happens.
You can’t change the past you can only learn from it. If the girl did what ever she did sexually that’s her and the man or female she do it with’s business.
Don’t do nothing dumb that might have an outcome that’s going to come out bad.
It’s like if you robbed a bank and shot a cop, but you don’t want any jail time. You want forgiveness and want to make everyone forget it.
16-year-old Samantha Diaz from Essex Street Academy in NYC:
How would you feel if your boyfriend/ girlfriend showed the nude pictures you send to them, trusting they won’t share them, to their friends?
People judge the girls who send nude pictures to their boyfriends and when those pictures are released people refer to the girl as a “slut” or “whore”. They think that because the girl sends her boyfriend a nude picture of her she’s “easy”.
Why does no one say anything about the boyfriend? Don’t people think it was wrong of the boyfriend to share the pictures that were handed to him with trust? Do you think the girl wants everyone to know what she looks like without clothes on?
This is the part when people say, “then why did she do it?”
When people trust someone they don’t expect things to backfire, they don’t expect betrayal. It’s wrong for someone to betray them like that. Teenagers do things because it feels right at the moment. We might regret it in the future but things happen.
I knew a girl once, she had sex with her boyfriend for the first time. She was tired of being a virgin and she truly believed that she loved him. How do I know this? Her boyfriend was my friend. We were talking when he told me the story of how he took her virginity. I felt disturbed by all the details. He had a smug look on his face and I also knew that he was telling me his story just to seem cool, after all he had a reputation to live up to.
He told everyone he knew about the girl. The next day people whispered about her and called her a “freak”. People laughed at her. She was just a freshman getting knocked up by a senior, so who cares? She cared. I remember seeing how betrayed she looked, how she cried in the bathroom surrounded by her friends. She knew her boyfriend’s reputation but she honestly thought she was different.
“Seriously _______ ? Did you seriously have to tell everyone you knocked up ______? That’s really messed up.” I told my friend. He responded with, “She’s cool but I never really liked her. She’s really annoying and she’s mad flirty.”
Did he care about what he did to her? No.
Radio Rookies is hosting a two-part conversation on April 4th, 2013, for teenagers about the realities of sexual cyberbullying and what can be done about it.
* Online live chat on our website during the school day from 1PM-2PM EST
* Teen town hall event after school at WNYC’s Greene Space from 4PM-6PM EST
Teen hosts Temitayo and AJ will facilitate a community conversation focused on what teenagers, educators, parents and social media sites can do to help stop this disturbing trend.
If you’re interested in taking part in the in-class live chat and/or after school town hall event email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to the story that started the conversation: “Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A”
Like most Americans, Radio Rookies producer Veralyn Williams, was glued to her TV most of the day yesterday, enjoying all the 2013 Inauguration festivities. Here are her Top 5 favorite moments:
5. Barack and Michelle Obama trying to sneak in a kiss, but daughter Sasha almost catches them with her camera phone. Definitely gets the adorable award of the day! (gif courtesy of gawker)
4. NBC’s Al Roker gets star struck when Vice President Joe Biden shakes his handshake. Yes- he actually drops his mic Kanye-West-Style.
3. Beyonce closes out the morning ceremony by singing the Nation Anthem. Her look, hair, and voice were flawless!
2. Once again dressed by designer Jason Wu- First Lady Michelle Obama in red for the inaugural ball! #Beautiful
1. Of course President Obama’s second Inaugural Speech comes in at number one! He set out his goals for the next four years- proclaiming that the task of this generation is to make the “values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American.”
In case we missed it— what was your favorite Inaugural moment?