The last thing that most parents want is to have their children pass away before them. Social media has seemed to change the face of communication with students at school and when they are at home.
There have been a few people who have committed suicide because of bullying on social media sites, such as Facebook. Parents have started monitoring what their children view and who they talk to so that they don’t become victims, but sometimes, it doesn’t always help.
An 11-year-old from South Carolina was found dead in March of 2016. He died as a result of a challenge that has been circulating on social media. It’s called the “hangman” challenge. The young man’s mother found information about the challenge on his phone after he died. The challenge involves choking yourself until you pass out.
There was a 14-year-old from Alabama who also died as a result of a similar game. She was found hanging from her ceiling fan with a belt around her neck. A conversation on her phone was about erotic asphyxiation. When a 13-year-old in Virginia went missing, rescuers searched for days until they found her dead. She met two men, who are now in custody, online.
One of the men lured the girl with a relationship before killing her. These cases show that parents should monitor what their children do online as they sometimes won’t reveal everything until it’s too late.