Girl-On-Girl Video Violence A Troubling Teen Trend
If your teen daughter aspires for a career in the limelight, the road to rock-star fame has gone viral, and there's a role for you, too: Goad her on as she stages a girl-on-girl fight and capture it on video.
Prosecutors across the country are seeing a dangerous trend of increased girl-on-girl violence posted on YouTube, and some fear that the cause may be rooted in reality TV shows like MTV's "Teen Mom 2," NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.
Earlier this week "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans was charged in North Carolina along with two others for fighting in public, according to CBS News. A videotape of the fight was released online, showing with her friends goading on the smack down.
Videos posted on YouTube are showing a violent, disturbing trend, Sanders reports. He says in the NBC report that reality TV shows are partly responsible for leading girls to believe that outrageous and violent behavior in front of the cameras is somewhat acceptable.
"We're watching these programs and thinking, 'Nobody would behave like that,' and assuming our children feel the same way - horrified to see it, not excited," prosecutor Wendy Murphy tells the Today Show's The Clicker. "But I think the line for kids between entertainment and warning signs, they're not always clear the way adults are. ... Kids are seeing it in a celebratory way on television. This is how you become famous. They feel this is normal - not just acceptable, but normal. The way they should be."
Psychiatrist Janet Taylor tells Today she agrees and feels the link between reality TV and teen violence comes in part from the lack of consequences shown on such programming.
"I mean being reckless, trying new things, and not worrying about consequences is part of being a teenager," Taylor tells Today. "So what happens on these shows is you see no consequences. You see 'Teen Mom' and people think they're getting paid, but they don't look at what's so hard - 24/7 raising a child. Nor do they see the consequences of assault, which is what we're visualizing with these videos."
The growing trend in girls fighting on video has anti-bullying campaigners calling for tighter federal controls on YouTube after a video of a violent fight between a bullied schoolgirl and her classmate was posted on the website, according to the Daily Mirror.