What should or shouldn’t be posted online?

Georgia Moran, Staff

Recently, there has been a video of a fight that occurred at Sierra going around the internet. Things like this posted may seem totally harmless, but in reality, they are incredibly dangerous

Fights don’t occur often here, but when they do, things get out of control, especially if it’s posted to social media. Posting these things is potentially illegal in the state of Colorado. According to criminaldefenselawyer.com, “Harassment of someone online, by text, email, social network posts, or otherwise is a misdemeanor crime in Colorado.” Posting a fight online may be considered harassment.

Physical violence is not the only thing that is unacceptable to post. Sending nude or partially nude photos, or even sexting is also harmful, as well as illegal. Federal law considers any “sexually suggestive” image of a minor to be child pornography. Someone can be charged and/or arrested just for the simple possession of these photos, even if they don’t proceed to do anything with the photo. According to bark.us, “A conviction will constitute a violation, misdemeanor, or felony.”

Even if it wasn’t illegal, it’s still incredibly harmful and can lead to depression/suicidal thoughts or actions. For example, in the 2000s, a girl named Amanda Todd sent nudes to a man online who continued to harass her and stalk her for years after. When she refused to send him more photos, he leaked the photos to her classmates on Facebook. After endless bullying, Todd posted a video to YouTube telling her story through a series of handwritten note cards, and ended her life shortly after.

There might be times when you want to send something to someone that you know you shouldn’t. Or you feel the urge to post something even though you’re clearly in the wrong. But before you do this, please, take just a minute to think of the potential consequences, and ask yourself: Is it really worth it?