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Facebook Virus/Pornographic Video Warning Sent Out By School Officials

The video may contain the caption “watch this if you are curious.”

 

Editor's Note: A Facebook virus that involves a pornographic video has apparently been making the rounds and school officials from several school districts have been sending out a warning to parents. WFSB reports that school districts and police departments in Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Rocky Hill and Hartford are sending out warnings. Madison School Superitendent Thomas Scarice sent out this note Tuesday: 

 

March 26, 2013

Dear Friends:

I want to share information with you regarding a virus associated with Facebook that students from several Connecticut school districts have encountered.  The virus appears to come from a friend sharing a video.  If the video is opened, it attaches to an individual’s Facebook account and is shared to the Facebook friends of the person who opened the video. The video may contain the caption “watch this if you are curious.”  According to local law enforcement agencies, the video is pornographic in nature involving a young child.  The video was described as “very graphic” and would be disturbing to students as well as adults.

While there have been no reports of the virus here in Madison, I wanted to make sure that all of you are aware of it so that you may address it with your children at home.  If your child has a Facebook account, please advise him or her to refrain from clicking on any shared videos.

Sincerely,

Thomas R. Scarice
Superintendent of School

Matt March 26, 2013 at 06:23 PM
There are million of these stupid things floating all over facebook that oblivious people click on all the time. Has been for years. Sending a note home to parents about this one is like sending a note him about one particular e-mail spam message out of the billion in circulation. Accomplishment: Nothing. In fact, quite the opposite. It makes it sound like this is a unique situation, and lowers guard on the million other instances of it with a different title.
Pem McNerney March 27, 2013 at 11:12 AM
I wondered the same thing, but it sounds like the content connected to this virus is highly objectionable, if not illegal, perhaps they are getting more reports of school-age children being affected. When the schools send out a note like this, parents are more apt to pay attention and (I hope) do something that (talk with their kids and warn them and monitor their online activity, which they should be doing anyway for young kids), than if it's just in the general media. The police are getting involved (see the WFSB article I linked to) and school officials, so I'm guessing the content on this might be worse than what has happened in the past.

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