Suicide has increased in recent years and has become one of the leading causes of death amongst kids. There was a story reported in the and ibtimes.co.uk about the use of social media to maneuver kids into committing suicide through games. This sinister social media craze sweeping through Eastern Europe has been accused of driving at least 130 normal young people to take their own lives in just six months.
These online ‘suicide sites’ – groups target vulnerable teenagers using psychological manipulation to convince them to kill themselves. They tell girls they are ‘fat’ and boys they are ‘losers’ until they believe their lives are no longer worth living and sometimes, daring them to do crazy things like jumping out of story buildings.
It was also recorded in Cincinnati-area where the family of the dead child said their teen was influenced by a social media page to attempt suicide.
Child suicide rates differ from boys and girls. Boys die by suicide about 4 times as often as girls, maybe because they opt to use more lethal ways, such as firearms, hanging, or jumping from heights.
Girls think about and attempt suicide about twice less often than boys, and tend to attempt suicide by overdosing on drugs or cutting themselves.
The social media was designed to make the world a small place, where people can share ideas, photos, and videos. However, if that is used to manipulate kids into committing suicide then it needs to be given serious attention. Manipulation also comes in the form of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is the number one cause of child depression and anxiety. These symptoms at higher levels increase suicidal thoughts.
In addition to the above causes, a previous suicide attempt, a family history of depression or suicide, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation could lead to suicide.
Parents should be very attentive in this era. Most kids who think of suicide give hints along the line in various forms:
Parents, teachers and caretakers should be very vigilant by watching and listening to their kids’ talk. They must ask their kids questions once they observe any of the above signs or symptoms. Also, you need to monitor your kid’s social media messaging apps and pages.
This can be done with the mSpy parental app. You get to monitor the websites they visit, know whether any group or page they are involved or associated with is manipulating them. With the mSpy app, you get to view the exact messages they send and receive via social media messaging apps. Even when they use the browser in the incognito mode you get the link to that page with the keylogger feature the mSpy parental control app has.
You as a parent you must have more control over your kid’s life. They are influenced by lots of things especially what they read, hear or watch on the social media. Guide and protect them from the bad side of the social media with the mSpy parental control app.
mSpy – Know, Prevent, Protect