Why would teen post shocking video?

July 2, 2008

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The nation's eyes are watching Lee County following the release of the shocking flying baby YouTube video.

The 16 year old DeSoto boy remains in the Regional Youth Detention Center and now his motives for posting the video are being questioned? Psychologists say, it's an attention seeking behavior, a quest for that 15 minutes of fame and the YouTube web site gives teens and others that perfect opportunity.

Shocking! It's how many describe the baby flying video posted on You Tube by a 16 year old Lee County teen.

"I saw the clip just for a second and I remember thinking, gasp, as soon as I saw it, it was shocking to me, it wasn't funny, it was just terrifying to me, the second that I saw it I just froze in my tracks," said Dr. Cheryl Kaiser, Insight Psychologist.

Many likely did the same. Psychologist Dr. Cheryl Kaiser says it's an attention seeking behavior that's being exhibited by more teens across the nation who are posting videos like this looking for their 15 minutes of fame. YouTube offers them a world wide audience at the click of a mouse, who are willing to watch.

"It's a chance to have the opportunity to be seen, to be shocking, sort of the Madonna complex of getting an opportunity to be shocking and getting recognized for being shocking and to do something that's a departure from reality," said Kaiser.

She says more and more teens now have an inappropriate social concept to what's acceptable and what's not. In this case, she says the teen's message after the video that reads,

"I know this is messed up, but the baby is okay. So, don't feel bad for laughing," exhibits that. "There's a lot of absence of empathy, when your seeing somebody who it's more important for them to be seen or to be attended to or to be noticed than it is for someone to be safe and health and okay," said Kaiser.

Dr. Kaiser feels a important lesson can be learned by the video being shown, with more teens babysitting over the summer months, it's a perfect chance for parents to talk with them and make them aware, what's acceptable and what's not.

"When you're 16 years old and your are taking care of a baby or a child that is younger than you, you are responsible for maintaining the safety of that individual and you are just as responsible for maintaining their safety as I am as your parent to maintain your safety," said Kaiser.

The video is no longer on the web site and Kaiser says in the future YouTube should reconsider what they're going to allow posted on their site, if teens don't have a forum their less likely to seek the attention.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says they're still waiting to hear from the baby's parents to see if the infant sustained any injuries in the fall.