By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

SALEM (CBS) – Some parents are concerned about a new trend on Facebook.  Local middle school girls are posting pictures of themselves to be ranked.

“Some of them do a 1 to 5 system of ranking.  They have the funniest, the hottest, certain ones get more risque,” says Elizabeth Crawford, a Salem mother who contacted WBZ after watching a story about a similar website at Boston University.

“This was 6th, 7th, 8th grade girls and the photos that I’ve seen of the girls, just the provocative nature, that people are commenting on them, that they’re out there on the web,” she says.

We found the ranking sites called “Facebook Finest” in several Massachusetts towns and cities, including Beverly, Lynn, Revere, and Boston.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

Dr. Michael Rich says parents need to be aware of them and should talk to their children about the issue.

“Ultimately what this is about, is ranking relative value, not by who a person is, but by how much they’re wanted by others…It sets you up for bullying, harassing,” he says.

Christina Hager

Comments (4)
  1. Ron says:

    Wow! Talk about breaking news. School children care what their peers think about them? And it’s based on superficiality? I never would’ve guessed that, if not for the fact that I have attended school at some point in my life. When I was in 6th grade (18 years ago) it was primarily the girls drawing up their own Hot/Not lists with a wide variety of categories. Us guys could not have cared less about placing, the girls considered it the most important thing in their life. Typical adolescent insecurity finds its way into a medium it has already ventured countless times before.

  2. Allison Rubin says:

    According to a national survey Girl Scouts of the USA, the increased exposure to social media puts teenage girls in a confusing situation. Where a girl’s image is not always what it seems, as nearly 74% of girls believe other girls their age use social networking sites to make themselves “cooler than they really are.”

    Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. expert advisory on body image and self-esteem for young girls.

  3. cynic says:

    I think the Kids picked this up from the adults practice of Ranking Everything from Pizza to Bar rooms to you name it.

  4. cynic says:

    I had two friends .They were man and wife. The both owned Flower Shops…Both advertised that thier Shops were “Voted The Best”…. I think they used to lay in bed at night and give each other Awards.