Investigations point to social media in these 3 kids’ death
Navigating the social structures at school is difficult for teens, but the rise in popularity of various social media platforms has added another layer of complication to how young people interact with the rest of the world. Though seemingly innocuous, social media usage has been linked to several reported tragedies — prompting parents to be more vigilant about monitoring their children’s online behavior.
Similarly, CBN reports that a 14-year-old from Pell City, Ala., was also found dead following an interaction with a stranger on Kik. Jennifer Sellers tells reporters that her daughter, Sydney, had been found hanging from a belt in her bedroom in December 2014. Reportedly, Sellers found a conversation on Sydney’s phone via Kik about “erotic asphyxiation,” the deliberate restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual gratification.
In another tragic case, a 13-year-old name Nicole Madison Lovell from Blacksburg, Va., had gone missing in January 2016 and was eventually found dead. CNN identified the suspects in the case as two Virginia Tech students; both are being held on bail. According to the Washington Post, authorities believe Nicole and her attacker had met over social media; he is suspected of using that relationship to abduct and subsequently kill the teen.
Kik cooperated with authorities in the case, Fox8 reports. “This involved responding to multiple emergency requests under our Emergency Disclosure Request policy, according to which we release certain account information to law enforcement agencies for cases that involve imminent threat of death, loss of security or serious physical injury to any person,” states Kik spokesman Rod McCleod.
For concerned parents interested in monitoring their children’s device activity, both Apple and Joy of Android list instructions on how to do so on their respective websites.
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