Let’s get down and creepy

Via Vestal Design a new YouTube video that stresses Think before you post:

The moral of this Public Service Announcement is clear: everyone on the Internet is a pedophile, especially the local ticket-taker…In reality, this ad is much more about fame than about privacy. Assuming this girl has become some sort of Internet sensation, then these scenes represent the dark side of being a modest celebrity unprepared for fame.

I’ve long been an advocate of teaching ‘safe internet’ in school, where kids would learn not to click that link, open that image file, play that dubious online game, or post pictures of themselves online semi-nude, complete with address and phone number. But scaring the shit out of kids doesn’t strike me as an effective teaching tool. The scarier you make the environment, the more intrigued the kid.

Now, I know you’re all dying to know: today, mine are peach.

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5 Responses to Let’s get down and creepy

  1. Audrey says:

    Hah, nice. This is like drug ads: when nothing quite so extreme happens, kids tend to decide that the threat is completely fake.

  2. jeneane says:

    OMG SO ARE MINE!

  3. Shelley says:

    Jeneane, all the cool bloggers do peach.

    Audrey, absolutely right–that’s why this acts more like an encouragement than not.

  4. Seth Gordon says:

    This is your brain. This is your brain on blogs. Any questions?

    Judging from this report, teenagers are more sophisticated about disclosure of their personal information online than the ad gives them credit for.

  5. I’m not wearing any.