Teens' questionable choices can have lasting impact thanks to social media

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The bad decisions teens make can haunt them for the rest of their lives thanks to social media (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The bad decisions teens make can haunt them for the rest of their lives thanks to social media (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Dr. Laura Stewart talks about the impact of teens' bad decisions (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Dr. Laura Stewart talks about the impact of teens' bad decisions (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Some Valley teens have been in the national spotlight recently over some questionable choices, and those choices could impact their lives for years to come.

In this day of Facebook and Instagram, these types of incidents will haunt the students long after high school.

Dr. Laura Stewart, a psychologist, told us a teen's still-developing mind sometimes has a tough time connecting current action with future consequence.

“A young person’s brain, their executive development is not done, so they are biologically vulnerable to making a bad choice,” said Dr. Stewart.

There have been two recent cases of students making poor decisions. Hunter Osborn at Red Mountain High School exposed himself in his football team photo that ended up in the yearbook and program book which was sold at high school sporting events. He faces dozens of charges.

[READ MORE: Mesa, AZ student arrested for indecent exposure in yearbook picture; petition started to drop charges]

Earlier this year, six students at Desert Vista High School spelled out the n-word and snapped a picture and posted it on social media.

[READ MORE: Students disciplined after offensive photo surfaces with racial slur]

“Teenagers are very impulsive and act in the moment. They don’t think, 'Should I do this? Should I not?' And that plays a role in the poor decisions and social media is a huge factor in letting the world see those poor decisions,” said Dr. Stewart.

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