Topix Web site damaging to our communities

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 21, 2010

After many months of hearing about a Web site called Topix, I have come to understand why so many people are so angry about this site.

There are many things posted on there that are slanderous, cruel and demeaning to many individuals.

However, the worst of these statements seem to be about innocent children or teenagers.

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Yes, we have all made mistakes as teenagers and we have to live with those mistakes that we have made, but in today’s high-tech world it is nearly impossible to move on from these mistakes.

With MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Topix, adolescents are not able to get away from the mistakes that they make.

Yes, I have a Facebook account but I use it to keep in touch with friends and classmates. I can see how these sites can cause drama among teenagers.

I am very close to a group of students that have become the target of a discussion on the Topix site and have had to do damage control on my own to restore the happiness of these teenagers.

It disgusts me that people feel the need to humiliate and say such terrible things, especially about children.

My advice to this group of students was to stay off of the site, don’t post any replies and to tell them that they know the truth about who they really are.

I let them know that I too was angry when I found out what had been said, but due to the rules behind the Topix site, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.

I have even found out that unlike the newspaper Web site where sometimes posts are removed, on Topix it is very difficult to have them removed.

I feel for these adolescents who are going through their hardest years and having everything they do posted for the world to see.

It angers me that this has happened and I feel that the only good that can come out of this is that this group of teenagers grow and become stronger because of issues like this.

Kara Harrison

South Point