I'm writing as a very concerned local parent who recently learned that a Dublin company advertising fun for the teenagers of the tri-valley on Friday nights is using provocative photographs of children in their advertising. Parents, before your own kids are taken advantage of, take note.
You may have noticed that a new indoor trampoline park called "Rockin Jump" opened in Dublin recently. You may have even filed it away as a fun activity for your kids. The folks at Rockin Jump soon started advertising their Friday "teen nights," and kids have been flocking to the location on Fridays ever since. But before you sign that waiver and drop your child off for a night of fun with their friends, you may want to check out their company Facebook page. You'll quickly see hundreds of photographs of local kids dressed scantily and engaged in far more than innocent trampoline jumping. Underage girls are prominately featured in their photographs, dressed in very little clothing, bent over on the dance floor. One girl is even wearing nothing on the bottom except underwear - yep, a pair of boy-short style underwear.
I'm not quite sure what bothers me more about this: 1. that so many kids these days think that shorts that barely cover their ass are normal and acceptable, 2. that parents are going to the mall and actually buying this type of clothing for their child, or 3. that a local company that touts themselves as family friendly would have the nerve to create such an inappropriate environment for underage kids, photograph them in compromising situations, and then publish them on the internet. As we've all seen in this era of celebrity sex tapes, "sexting," and nude photos taken with cell phones and passed around high schools, digital photographs never go away. While these kids are ultimately responsible for their own behavior, they are still CHILDREN, and Rockin Jump should know better. I don't care if the parents sign a waiver saying that Rockin Jump can use photographs of their children taken on site in their advertising. The people managing the business should be able to use their own moral compass to determine what's appropriate and what is not. And what they are doing is definitely NOT.