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Violent videos uploaded to 'YouTube' having serious consequences

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You don't have to look very hard on YouTube to find that human beings can be very violent. And thanks to the internet, users can show it off to the world for more page views.

J.C. Shakespeare is a counselor that works with young people. He says we live in a culture that glorifies violence.

"These kids go 'Oh hey, I saw that on TV, I can do that,' you know and it's so easy with a cell phone and a little bit of fearlessness. Next thing you know, they're a sensation," Shakespeare said.

Take the so-called "smack cam" video.

This week, 16-year-old Calaybra Jones, a cashier at a North Austin Wendy's was slapped by a kid that can't be more than 13 -- all part of a prank they put on YouTube.

"They called the police, they did the right thing and that's what somebody should do in the event something like this happens. We hope it doesn't, I mean, I think these people do it, they think it's funny or something, it's really not. It's just not a smart thing to do," said Austin Police officer Veneza Bremner.

Also this week in Memphis, Tennessee a woman shown fighting in a video and her husband, the one making the video -- were both found shot to death in their home.

Family of the victims' seem to think it was retaliation.

Back here in Austin, Ben Warren and Sam Garcia are both sophomores at UT. But just a few years ago they belonged to high schools where student fights were caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

"I didn't understand at the time and I still don't, there's just something about youth and like boys particularly going through puberty, they just have a lot of violent genes in them," Warren said.

"Personally I think it's an attention thing. They want people to see them, they want people to think they're cool, they want to fit in," Garcia said.

Shakespeare says the only cure to this fascination with violence is a message that parents have to teach because he says our culture isn't providing it....a sense of empathy. Saying, "A great question to ask your kid is you know, 'What if that was me or your mother? Or what if that was your best friend that that happened to? Would you want that to be out there for everyone to see like that? Would you want the world to be watching your friend get humiliated?'"

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