As of 2011, Facebook has over 600 million active users. It is estimated that 42% of the U.S. population have Facebook accounts. Popular with teenagers, Facebook has risen from a local college social networking site into one of the largest technology companies on the planet. And it did so in less than 5 years.
Launched in November of 2009, Chatroulette.com blasted into the social networking scene offering a unique combination of social networking with youtube like video capabilities. Chatroulette, featured on Good Morning America and written about in the New York Times and New York Magazine, is a website that pairs complete strangers with each other for video based chats, often racy, raunchy, and bizarre.
The sexting trend, the act of sending sexually explicit messages and nude photographs, primarily between mobile phones, was first mentioned in a 2005 article in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine. Sexting involving teenagers sending nude photographs of themselves to their friends led to a legal gray area in countries that have strict anti-child pornography laws. Some teenagers who have texted nude or suggestive photos of themselves to peers have been prosecuted with possession or distribution of child pornography.
Kids have been bullying each other for many generations. With kids now conducting much of their social activities online, it only makes sense that bullying would carry over into their new communication medium. When bullying is conducted online, we call it cyber bullying (or cyberbullying). Cyberbullying can take many shapes and forms but the emotional damage it causes remains constant. Around the country there are many instances of suicides as a result of a victim being bullied, harassed, and humiliated online.