Some teens believe that by posting fighting videos they will become famous.
“They just want be relevant like everyone else,” says Perez WorldStar was originally used to provide people with the hottest topics in urban media and music videos.
As time went on, the site also featured brutal fighting videos. Crisdalis Matos, 15, is aware of the dangers of WorldStar. “Everybody copies what they see on the fighting videos,”says Matos, from Roxbury.In one video that went viral, one girl kicks another in the face over a boy. She later worries when she reports that the police came knocking on her door. Teens say that’s the part that many forget when they’re glorifying the videos. “Teens think they gain respect from the fighting says Jennifer Flores, 15, from Madison Park High School.
Kripa Thapa, 17, from West Roxbury Academy, understands the hazards of meeting people in cyberspace.“I believe that catfishing can be dangerous,” says Thapa, “so before I would go out with someone that I would meet through online, first I would FaceTime them in order to make sure that they are not fake.” The Urban Dictionary defines catfishing – made famous by a documentary and TV show -- as: “The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).” Eighteen-year-old Nedjie Thompson says she has never made new friends from online meetings. “I have met or seen all the friends that I have on Facebook before, and sometimes they are friends of friends,” says Thompson, who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. “I think it is very dangerous to meet someone online. You can never be sure that they are telling the truth about their life or what they look like.” Morelia Morales, 18, takes security measures with her online acquaintances. “If I would go out with someone that I did not know well, I would meet them in a place where there are a lot of people,” says Morales, who lives in Jamaica Plain. “In this way, it will never be dangerous.”
In the battle of their favorite beaches -- Revere vs. Carson -- teens interviewed say they would rather go to Revere.For 16-year-old Dnasia Lee, of English High School, Revere is way cleaner than Carson. Lashonda Cottrell, 15, from West Roxbury Academy, says she dislikes the jellyfish at Carson. “Stepping on them, they’re all squishy and stuff,” she says. “It’s nasty.” Chris Harris, 17, who goes to school in Jamaica Plain, says he also prefers Revere but ends up going to Carson. It’s closer to home, Harris says.