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.