Social Media and Secret Lives of American Teenage Girls How social media is disrupting the lives of teenagers Illustration by Rebecca Mock for TIME Once upon a time, only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have their portraits painted by a small, select circle of artists. With the advent of photography, parents of all backgrounds could have pictures of their children, which were coveted as documents of their development and a way to show off their innocent beauty and charm to family and friends. Today, with smartphones and social media, we all have in our hands the means to broadcast our pride and joy to the world. Ninety-two percent of American children have an online presence before the age of 2. Parents post nearly 1, images of their children online before their fifth birthday. And as we have seen in the recent abduction and murder of year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Va.
Share via Email This article is over 14 years old When I read the tabloid stories about Wayne Rooney sleeping with prostitutes in Liverpool this summer, I was shocked. Not so much that he had cheated on his pretty young girlfriend, Coleen - after all, he is a famous footballer and a millionaire: What surprised me was that he hadn't just cheated on her with any one of the willing groupies he was likely to meet. And I should know:
Crime A drunken gang of girls who took Snapchat photos and videos of a "ritualised humiliation" sex attack on an amateur footballer has been jailed. Gillard then joked about using carrots and onions in the sex assault on Facebook. Judge Graham Knowles QC said he sentenced as if it had been three men on a female. He said the video and images were "profoundly disturbing". He sentenced Gillard to 31 months and Cunningham to 10 months imprisonment.