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Social Networking Gone Wrong
Two years ago, there was a 13-year old girl who hung herself in her bedroom due to a Myspace prank. According to official reports, Megan Meier began an online relationship with a 16-year old boy, Josh Evans, who called her "sexi" and flirted openly online. Then one day he called it off saying that the world would be a better place without Megan.
As it turns out Josh Evans was a fictitious person, allegedly created by one of Megan's neighbors Lori Drew. Lori is the mother of one of Megan's former friends, and though she is denying having created the fictitious page, authorities believe it may have had something to do with Lori's daughter and Megan's severed relationship. Lori Drew is currently under federal indictment and may face jail time if found guilty.
While social networking can build a large list of contacts and a great distraction from everyday life, it is not without its downfalls. Online bullying does happen, so it is important to help your kids stay safe. As adults, we also need to be cautious with whom we speak to and give personal information to. Always think of safety first!
Do you think Lori Drew perpetrated this hoax? If so, do you think she should serve jail time? [MSNBC]