If you walked past a building and saw some kids engaged in sex acts, would you take a video and then share it online with your friends? Probably not. But thousands of people have today been sharing the Amber Cole video that allegedly shows a 14-year-old girl doing just that. What’s the difference?
When we’re online, we tend to assume that we’re somehow disconnected from our actions. With something like the Amber Cole video, we feel we’re not the ones responsible for sharing the video; we’re just passing it on, showing our friends that someone else has passed it on.
Put it another way: the video allegedly amounts to child porn. So before you click ‘share’, think about this: do you really want to be sharing child porn online? It’s easy to forget the real-world implications of this kind of thing, but the sad truth is that our actions have consequences.
In this case, there’s a teenagae girl somewhere who’s probably having a very bad day. Would you like to be in her position? Probably not. If you would, then that’s fine: go and do something to gain international attention. But in this case, it looks like a hell of a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon without thinking about whether or not what they’re doing is right or wrong.