The Ad Council, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has developed a series of “Online Sexual Exploitation” public service advertisements designed “to educate teenage girls about the potential dangers of posting and sharing personal information online.” You can read more about the campaign here. Now, as a general matter, given what I do for a living, I err in favor of believing that educating people is a positive thing. However, the fact that there is a whole campaign directed specifically at “teenage girls” is kind of a warning sign that there is going to be some creepy and sexist blaming and shaming going on. Remember “This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” It’s worse. Do I exaggerate? Decide for yourself.
–Ann Bartow, via Law Professor Dundee
Update: Two great comments with links that deserve enhanced visibility: Diane Dees provides a link to the Ad Council, so you can give them your input about this abomination, and Liz Losh notes she has highlighted some other creepy PSAs.