Associated Press: YouTube phenomenon has girls asking – Am I pretty?

Tween and teen girls are posting videos asking “Am I pretty?” or “Am I ugly?” or both. Some have millions of views and thousands of nasty comments. Dyson Professor Emilie Zaslow, PhD, speaks with the Associated Press about the dangers to self-esteem.

Dr. Emilie Zaslow, a media studies professor at Pace, told Leanne Italie of the Associated Press that today’s online world for young people is only just beginning to be understood by researchers. The article, which is about young people posting videos asking the world to judge their physical appearance, appeared in the Wall Street Journal and in other media outlets nationwide.

From the article:

When the Internet is your diary and your audience is global, she said, “The public posting of questions such as “Am I ugly?” which might previously have been personal makes sense within this shift in culture.”

Add to that the unattainable pressures of the beauty industry, a dose of reality TV, where ordinary people can be famous, and superstars who are discovered via viral video on YouTube, she said.

“These videos could be read as a new form of self-mutilation in line with cutting and eating disorders,” Zaslow said. 

Read the Wall Street Journal article here.

BBC World Have Your Say: “Arab Spring”

Pace Economics Lecturer Ghassan Karam discussed the recent uprisings in the Middle East as a guest panelist on World Have Your Say, BBC’s award-winning global interactive news discussion show, on April 22, 2011.

Pace Economics Lecturer Ghassan Karam discussed the recent uprisings in the Middle East as a guest panelist on World Have Your SayBBC’s award-winning global interactive news discussion show, on April 22, 2011.

View the video clip on YouTube.

EverydayHealth.com – “Cyberbullying and Kids’ Safety”

The Numbers Behind Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is more than just a passing fad. “Studies suggest that between 17 and 60 percent of teens are the victim of some form of cyberbullying,” says Richard Shadick, PhD, a psychologist and director of the Counseling Center at Pace University in New York. “Rates differ based upon the age of the teens studied and how frequently they use the Internet. Older teens who use the Internet more frequently have higher rates. However, there is agreement that cyberbullying has increased in recent years.”

Though bullying in school is not new, the methods now include harassment online, and in all forms of digital communication –http://www.everydayhealth.com/back-to-school/cyberbullying-and-kids-safety.aspx

“Although the risks of cyberbullying are similar to non-electronic forms of bullying,  there are some important differences, ” notes Pace’s Dr. Richard Shadick. 

“There are the traditional risks such as psychological symptoms that may impair a teen’s ability to function at school or work or interact with classmates, friends, and family, ” said Dr. Shadick.  “Unique risks are victims may not know the bully (due to the anonymity of the internet), that there is not a direct physical effect (no immediate physical harm is present), and the bullying may spread quickly to a large number of third parties (for example, an email sent out to many recipients or something posted on a blog that is read by many people).”