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What do you think about schoolyard fights showing on YouTube?

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Fights at school are nothing new but new technologies have made them more insidious. Cell phones with video capabilities are commonplace nowadays and this easily accessible technology has turned the schoolyard fight in to a disturbing Internet phenomenon. The schoolyard fight once had a very limited audience but with post-your-own-video websites like YouTube gaining in popularity suddenly schoolyard fights have a larger reach. More and more people are videotaping fights with the hope of gaining instant celebrity by posting them on sites like YouTube. The more shocking the fight the more likely it is to bring online fame, be it of the fleeting variety. Some of the fights on YouTube may be staged but it is hard to know for sure and it is the suggestion that the violence is real that makes people watch. We want to know what you think about this alarming trend.
Q: Do you think that there will be an increase in schoolyard violence because of post-your-own-video websites like YouTube?
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe
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Q: How do school officials act toward fights that happen on school grounds, whether or not they show up on YouTube?
  1. Nothing, they turn a blind eye and pretend it’s not happening.
  2. When they know about it they break it up and punish the kids involved.
  3. When they know about it they break it up but the kids involved are rarely or never punished.
  4. They call the police and let them deal with it.
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Q: Have you ever seen somebody recording a fight at your school either with a camera or cell phone?
  1. Yes
  2. No
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Q: Have you ever heard about a fight at your school being shown on YouTube?
  1. Yes
  2. No
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Q: If you heard a fight had been posted on YouTube would you watch it?
  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe
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Q: Do you think that the schoolyard fights on YouTube are ever staged?
  1. Yes, I think most of them are staged.
  2. Yes, I think about half are staged and half are real.
  3. Yes a few may be staged but I think that most of them are real.
  4. No, I think they are always real fights. Who would bother staging such a thing?
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Q: What do you think school officials should do about schoolyard fights being posted on YouTube?
  1. Have the video taken down.
  2. Alert the police.
  3. Punish those involved and if it’s possible, punish the person who recorded and/or posted the video.
  4. All of the above.
  5. All of the above EXCEPT alert the police.
  6. Nothing, what can they do?
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Q: Should fights posted on sites like YouTube be punished more severly than other schoolyard fights?
  1. Yes, more severely.
  2. No, the punishments should be the same.
  3. Maybe, would depend on the circumstances, like who posted the video or how violent the fight was.
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Q: Should YouTube be held responsible for schoolyard fights posted on the website?
  1. Yes, they should screen all videos before allowing them on YouTube.
  2. Yes, but only if can be proven that it is a real fight and not a staged fight.
  3. No, it’s unrealistic to expect YouTube to monitor every posting.
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Q: If you saw a fight at your school posted on YouTube and were able to identify the people involved would you give their names to school officials and/or police?
  1. Yes, absolutely.
  2. Yes, but only if the fight were very violent or shocking.
  3. Yes, but only if one of the people were badly hurt.
  4. No way.
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