She was a slim, blonde, blue-eyed teenager who was in her senior year at Ohio High School who committed suicide after a nude picture of herself went viral at her school.
She sent the picture to her boyfriend at the time and when they broke up, he mass sent the photo out to everyone at their school. Being called names like, “slut” and “whore” and being harassed verbally for months afterwards, her grades dropped, she lost her friends, she missed school a lot and hid in the bathroom when she was there.
In an interview, she stated, “I just want to make sure no one else will have to go through this again.”
Two months after that, she attended a funeral for a young man who had killed himself, then she came home and did the same.
Hanging in the closet, with her cell phone lying nearby, is where she was found by her mother.
88% of the self-generated, sexually explicit online images and videos of young people their analysts encountered had been taken from their original location and uploaded onto other websites. (Internet Watch Foundation, 2012).
While this is a terrible tragedy, it can be avoided in your home today by ensuring the safe use of social media, talking about online safety with your children and using Vbender.
There is a lack of clarity regarding the law around sexting: half of parents are unaware that it is illegal for a child to take a naked or sexual image of themselves and 28% do not know that it is illegal for a child to send a naked or sexual image to a peer. (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, August 2016)
Cox. (2014) “Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey.” The Futures Company reported that Teens who report being bullied say it was because of their:
According to Consumer reports in 2011, one million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyber bullying on Facebook during that past year.
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