Digital Cutting – Very Disturbing

self harmThere has been a very perplexing development in the tragic  case of Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from the UK, who committed  suicide after receiving cruel and harassing messages – including to ”drink  bleach” and ”die” – on the social media site Ask.fm . Put simply this is a site which allows users to anonymously question and answer others and has led to cruel taunts and bullying.

Recently Melbourne Age reported the very disturbing news that, ‘In an inquiry into the matter, Ask.fm has uncovered that 98 per cent of the  abusive messages sent to Hannah came from the same IP address as her own  computer. Only four of the abusive comments came from other IP addresses.’

The thought that social media websites could be used by teens to self-harm is both shocking and baffling, yet when you consider that it is the medium of choice for teens to express themselves it is perhaps more understandable than first thought.  Read more in this fascinating article Digital Self-Harm

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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