With ISIS currently dominating the news, it’s no surprise that even young kids would let curiosity get the best of them and decide to do a quick Google search on the topic.
However, this week some elementary school students got more than they bargained for when they googled “ISIS” during class and ended up seeing disturbing photos of the dead body of Goto Kenji, the Japanese journalist who was murdered by ISIS in Syria last month. Among the students who viewed the pictures, 11 reportedly became physical ill.
On 2ch, where such shocking and disturbing content is often found and distributed, many users voiced the opinion that that these kids were too weak and that viewing such gross images was necessary to build up a tolerance to
whatever nastiness these kids might encounter in real life.
From Yahoo! Japan:
ISIS Images: 11 Elementary School Students from Mie Fall Ill After Browsing For ISIS Images
The Kuwana City Board of Education in Mie Prefecture has reported that at school on February 18th, 18 elementary school students viewed images of what are allegedly the remains of Goto Kenji, who was killed by the radical Islamist group ISIS, and that 11 of those students had complained of feeling ill.
According to the Education Committee, the 18 students were surfing the web on their own during their Integrated Studies class and looked up the images. The class was conducted with students coming and going between the computer room and the normal classroom and the teacher was in the classroom at the time. After viewing the images, 11 students went to the school nurse’s office saying they “felt ill”. Two of the students were met by their guardians when school let out.
Members of the school visited the homes of all the students in the class and explained what happened. The school counselor was there to provide students with emotional support.
Comments from 2ch.net:
The first graphic image I saw online was enough for me.
They should re-do the class by forcing them to watch the movie “Barefoot Gen” [“Barefoot Gen” is a well known anti-war manga].
Suicide bombers, huh?
There have been times where I’ve seen a hasu collage and lost my appetite for a while [A “hasu collage” is a series of graphic or disturbing images meant to shock the viewer]
They’re too weak.
I suppose if they saw a traffic accident they’d die?
More importantly, what’s up with the lack of browsing restrictions on elementary
These brats are weak w
I was the same the first time I saw a graphic video on 2ch. But people can learn to handle it. Now I just think “Huh, so that’s what organs look like”.
ISIL: “We did it! They’re shaking in their boots! Mission accomplished!”
Just make it so that these kids can’t end up on any dangerous websites.
I wonder if it will leave any lasting effects on their mental state.
Death from illness, accidental death, murder…death is natural.
If you make too many things taboo, you won’t be able to face death even as an adult.
I think it’s good to build up a tolerance to these things.
To become ill from that amount of graphic violence…I’m worried whether or not they’ll be able to become outstanding 2-channers in the future.
Kids should be banned from the Internet until they’re old enough to have their Coming of Age Day
It’s because they haven’t built up a tolerance through Barefoot Gen that they’re like this [Barefoot Gen was controversially removed from open-access shelves for elementary school students in August 2013]
So they’re going to be 5th graders? Since I was in second grade, I used to be shown graphic pictures of the nuclear bombings, but it was no big deal.
Don’t they have any amount of tolerance whatsoever?