The exercise, supposed to warn teens of the potential risks of posting information and images online, has quickly become a tedious cliché and the Internet warned yesterday that we are close to the snapping point of its benevolence towards well-meaning junior high school teachers.
“OK, the first couple of times it was a fresh way to engage kids, and we all wanted to help them out – I’m sure the share and like numbers were very impressive,” commented a visibly annoyed Internet, “but I swear to god if I see one more of these bullshit copy-cat requests, I’m going to write a bunch of sarcastic comments or do a parody meme with cats. I haven’t thought it through yet, but it will be pithy and cynical,” the Internet added.
As the exercise is repeated, fewer people feel it’s their duty to educate half-wit American teens who want to post nude selfies, and the class projects are dying on their arses before they even get out of the school intranet.
“If these experiments are teaching kids anything now, it’s that the safest way to post a picture of your nob online is to have a hand-written sign next to it asking people to share it.”