“Smash or Pass” is a new sex game teens are now playing on Facebook. Kids upload sexy pictures of themselves and others vote on whether they would “smash” (have sex with) or “pass” (not have sex with) the person pictured.
The “game” is set up as a community page on the popular social networking site. Anyone who “likes” the community page can join and then view the photographs posted on the site. Most of the pages have thousands of members.
As you can imagine, this poses safety and privacy concerns for teens who aren’t taking into consideration that sexual predators are online and can view their photos.
Unfortunately, not all photos are being placed by the owners. Kids are also posting pictures of each other. This leaves teens open to sexual harassment and derogatory comments even if they don’t want to be part of the game.
The pages are popping up as soon as Facebook shuts them down, so chances are your teen is well aware of them.
“Parents need to understand the culture. Understand what is going on online and understand that your children are connecting with other children in the way that you’re not used to.”
To protect your teens, place the computer in a family area, where they’re not alone using it. Also, monitor their time on social networks and even gain access to their accounts so you can keep track of their activity. Lastly, talk to your kids about the importance of privacy and staying safe online.