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Thinspiration and Proana sites

Sort of a spin off of the yogurt commercial question in P&CE. These sites and videos are usually created and run by teenage girls via blogs or youtube. Some have full blown websites with dedicated domains. In most cases, they manage it because their parents have no idea they're running the sites and/or creating the videos. In some cases, the parents don't even know they have an eating disorder.

If another teenager progresses her own disorder to the point of serious illness (hospitalization) or death, based on information she's collected from these sites, should the site be responsible? Should the parents of the site admin if they're under age?  What about her (or his) own parents for not monitoring their net usage?

Sometimes they images they use are airbrushed by the ad agency or magazine that released the photo they're using, but other times they airbrush them even more, to make the models and actresses look even skinnier than they were to begin with. Should there be more liability if they've altered the images on their own instead of using ones from magazines?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 7:48 PM on Jun. 17, 2011 in Parenting Debate

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  • No. Thats the equivilant of sueing mcdonalds because your obese. No one should be held liable for someone elses medical condition.
    Trinity001

    Answer by Trinity001 at 8:29 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • No one should be held liable for someone elses medical condition.

    McDonald's is required to meet standards by the Health Dept. Nobody is monitoring unsupervised kids teaching other unsupervised kids how to kill themselves. Key word there being "kids". We prosecute teenagers who tell other teenagers to just kill themselves, how is this different?
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 8:32 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • One being a kid bullying and harassing another, and one is a kid of his own free will looking at the internet. Internet parental controls and cyber sitting programs can block all that crap anyway. So if your monitoring your child online and they are doing that much digging online to find out ways to harm theirself then they have major mental problems the internet did not cause.
    Trinity001

    Answer by Trinity001 at 8:42 PM on Jun. 17, 2011

  • If a parent can't see their child has an eating disorder, then one has to wonder about those parents. If my daughter did, I sure in the hell would know!!
    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 2:27 AM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • First Amendment- freedom of speech. You can't make pictures of skinny people illegal because certain people use them the wrong way.
    soflashelley

    Answer by soflashelley at 9:16 AM on Jun. 18, 2011

  • Usually people with eating disorders are trying to control thier environment. Many of them are OCD coupled with low self esteem. I personally dont think lobbying against the sites will stop people with that kind of determination. I also dont think getting rid of these sites is going to diminish the problem. This problem is caused by a specific personality type that has been subject to abuse, neglect or degredation. This is not caused by the media or some sick website.
    Ms.Gwen

    Answer by Ms.Gwen at 3:54 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • The parents should be monitoring them.
    Dabberdoo

    Answer by Dabberdoo at 6:09 PM on Jun. 25, 2011

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