There is a recent trend that does not shine a good light on either social media or the people who use it. At one time a mobile phone with a camera would be seen as a good thing as there will be times when it helps to be able to have photographic evidence of an event. More recently however reports are showing that they are being used for not so good reasons and what is worse is that the pictures are being placed on social media. It is not only young people that are doing this as in the latest incident it is an adult that has been involved.
A recent story will shock many people but there are many cases of the same sort of thing happening around the world. It is hard to believe that while someone is in trouble there are people who would rather film the incident then go and help. More shockingly still is the fact that they think this is OK as they are happy to put it online where family and friends will know what they have done.
In North Carolina a woman has been arrested after videoing her son setting himself on fire using nail polish. Soon after it appeared in Facebook, 41 year old Jane Talley was arrested and charged as she had contributed to the delinquency of a juvenile. This worrying trend known as a Fire Challenge is known to Facebook and they are actively removing any videos that appear there. There have been a number of injuries recently including Talleys son – who has not been identified due to his age – and he has burns to his chest and neck. It was witnesses rather than Talley who helped the teenager and put out the fire.
A court date has been set for the 2nd October and it is hoped that this will prevent other children trying the same thing. When asked about the arrest and the reasons for it, a police spokesman gave a statement explaining that Talley “was present and aware of what her son (was) doing and facilitated the recording,”
There have been reports of occasions when accidents have been recorded and put on social media but it is particularly shocking to have to report that when the case was one of this magnitude that it was the victim’s mother that was behind the camera while it was others who were rushing to help.