Amanda Michelle Todd November 27, — October 10,   was a year-old Canadian student and victim of cyberbullying who hanged herself at her home in Port Coquitlam , British Columbia , Canada. Before her death, Todd posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam ,  and of being bullied and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death,  resulting in international media attention. The video has had more than 13 million views as of October
Chicago teen charged with sex attack on 7-year-old during livestreamed class
Lacey man charged after YouTube video purports to show him luring teen for sex
As a source of entertainment and information, YouTube offers enticing reasons to visit and stay visiting for endless amounts of time. If you have a child with a phone or access to the internet, here is what you need to know about YouTube. More: 5 Warning Signs of Screen Addiction. YouTube is a video sharing service. YouTube has been around since , so it is firmly ingrained in the lives of most people who spend time online, particularly young people.
Young women and girls are taking sex-ed into their own hands on YouTube
Teen skater and YouTube star Steve Fernandez was arrested in November for allegedly trying to use his internet fame to solicit sex from a year-old girl. The Los Angeles Police Department announced this week that Fernandez, 15, and two of his older friends are being investigated for sexual exploitation of teens. Police arranged a sting by posing as the year-old and setting up a meeting with Fernandez for sex in an abandoned building. Fernandez continues to post on social media, where his schtick is mainly posting photos of himself with crowds and girls, and promoting his clothing line. Fernandez is just the latest young video star to be accused of sexual misconduct.
Sex education in Canadian schools continues to be highly politicized and young people are paying the price. In Ontario, sexual health curriculum is also at the mercy of the province's political climate. In many Canadian classrooms, factors like inadequate teacher training and discomfort impact what topics are addressed or avoided. Unfortunately, these circumstances mean that youth may not get the information they need to engage in healthy, positive sexual relationships.