When 68-year old Karen Klein was bullied on a bus in New York, a middle school student caught the entire incident on their cell phone and quickly posted it to Facebook.
Mental Health Counselor Alina Gastesi de Armas based in Miami said these instances are becoming all too common.
“Those two phenomenon are brand new,” Gastesi de Armas said. She said the act of filming bad behavior then posting it on sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter is deplorable but validated by countless reality shows.
“Now we’ve taken the narcissism, how self-absorbed these individuals are is now put on for everyone to see and they’re making a ton of money at it,” she said.
Many who post online are teens, reports show. Teens, though, may not realize everything posted online can stay out there forever.
According to the Library of Congress, every tweet made since Twitter’s inception in 2006 is stored.
Gastesi de Armas said its crucial parents catch up with technology.
“They have to tell their kids that things on the Internet are there for good, that videos are something that can go viral. That each person can have a picture of them in an inappropriate situation at any time. That all of their behavior is easily public,” she said.
She added that adults, too, post bad behavior, their need for attention or fame getting the better of them.
“Unfortunately when all of that goes away, when they’re left with the images of their young adulthood as complete messes what are they gonna have to talk about?”