SMASH OR PASS?: The latest disturbing craze among Australian young people

The comment reads “You look like the pig from charlottes web”

For parents there is nothing more terrifying than finding out your child has posted pictures of themselves online posing in sexually gratifying positions with minimal clothing.  Even worse, is to find out they posted these images on social networking sites looking for comments and feedback which have the potential to be both emotionally and physically dangerous.

As our recent client (who is the father of two teenage girls) explained, “My daughters willingly signed up to be subjected to the worst form of bullying.  How am I meant to stop this if they allow themselves to take part in it?”

The craze is a collection of Facebook pages titled “Smash or Pass“.

Teenagers, and sometimes even younger children, post images of themselves on these pages with the other members voting on whether they would “smash” (have sex with them) or pass (avoid them).

Unfortunately pages like this allow the children in the photographs to be subjected to vicious comments from other members, with the administrators of these page showing no signs of moderation.

Many parents, such as our client, are unaware this has happened to their child until another parent, teacher of even member of authority brings it to their attention.  Unfortunately by then the original images posted may have been shared and distributed thousands if not millions of times by any member of the public.

Once discovered, Parents also face ongoing difficulties having these images removed from the hosting pages.  For those that have found themselves in this situation they are left frustrated by the lack of accountability sites like Facebook show and the general emailed response they receive which typically follows along the lines of:

“Hi,

Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Learn more about what we do and don’t allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards:

https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards. “

At Online Investigations Pty Ltd, as Melbourne Private Investigators, we recommend Parents take a proactive approach to cyberbullying and have an open discussion with their children about the dangers of what they post online.  As teen counsellor Kimble Richardson so rightly stated “Young kids do things sometimes impulsively and they don’t see the long-term possible consequences”.

If your child is a victim of anonymous cyber-bullying, it can be very difficult to know where to turn next.  At Online Investigations we can provide helpful advice in these cases and also conduct relevant investigations to identify the individuals responsible.  

When faced with these situations don’t leave it up to online vigilantes to uncover the truth – engage the use of professional services who can provide you the evidence you require both legally and ethically.