Who is Angie Varona?
According to some news editorials, Angie Varona is the most Googled teen on the planet. Yes who is she, and what has she done to deserve such fame?
Angie Varona is a young lass from Florida, who made the mistake of uploading some risqué photographs of herself wearing bikinis, to Photobucket.
There was no nudity, just some bare flesh and certainly nothing worse than young girls might take of each other during a sleepover, for a giggle.
She had planned to send them to her then boyfriend.
However, before she could, someone hacked her Photobucket account and spread her piccies around the web.
There are now 656,700 results for those photos if you check Google Images, which seems to agree with Miss Varona's statement to the Press that many, many copycats have been posting photos claiming to be her.
Angie Varona's life has been ruined.
The kids at school teased her relentlessly, called her names. She changed schools twice to get away from the bullies, before finally settling on home schooling.
He parents, Maria and Juan, hired a lawyer to try to stop the flood of pictures that kept appearing under their daughter's name, but to no avail. The photos were legal, because the girls in them were covered despite being in provocative poses.
The FBI were likewise unable to help, because the photos were not illegal.
Such is the internet popularity of this young girl, who at the time of the writing this has just turned 18, that numerous people have assumed her identity, with blogs (written in poor English so that says it all really), Facebook pages, Twitters accounts and Youtube channels all claiming to be Angie Varona.
There is even an angievarona dot com, a site which should by rights belong to Miss Varona and no-one else.
This is all people jumping on the bandwagon and spreading false stories about how she has won a multi-million dollar contract with a major advertising brand of ladies lingerie, and other such rubbish.
Angie Varona has a very sensible head on her shoulders and is hoping to study to become either a lawyer or a veterinarian.
Internet Safety for Kids
Angie Varona could be your daughter, or my daughter, and she deserves our protection.
The internet is full of idiots who enjoy seeing other people squirm, or they simply believe everything they read.
Angie Varona was in tears when interviewed by ABC News reports.Her life has been shattered. She doesn't even have a Facebook page like every other young girl, because hers would be flooded with the threats she has already received, with people posting what they would like to do to her, which of course does not say a lot for their mentality.
Someone has a Facebook page claiming to be her, and it has 41,000 likes.
More than ever before, we must keep a closer eye on what our kids and tweens are doing online.
Maria and Juan Varona were horrified to learn that their then 14 year old daughter had uploaded those pics in the first place.
Kids do these things given half the chance because they do not see the consequence of their actions.
Many youngsters are not aware that their Facebook accountisn't private, never mind anywhere else on the web.
Please teach your children not to upload photos of themselves, far less their names, or any other personal detail.
Just show them what happened to Angie Varona.
The ABCNews Interview with Angie Varona
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