A few years a girl in Florida took some racy photos and shared them with her boyfriend from a private photo sharing service. Her account was hacked and the photos spread all over the internet. Soon she was being harrassed and switched schools. And the photos followed her to the new school.
Her mistake will follow her for the rest of her life.
Last week Google's chairman Eric Schmidt spoke in the UK and the London Telegraph reported that "he said young people now had to live with the consequences of having a complete record of all their youthful indiscretions online."
So what options do teenagers have if their credibility is ruined by damaging photos or video shared online?
Two years ago the Wall Street Journal reported, "[Schmidt] predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends' social media sites."
The better solution is to think carefully in advance before posting anything online and to live a moral life everyday. Also, parents will need to play a more active role in their children's use of the internet and cell phones.