Short Thoughts (58)

Two hundred and one friends on Facebook.

Ninety-six followers on Instagram.

Chatting on WhatsApp until mum said to turn out the light.

“School in the morning, young lady!”

One wrong comment. One that someone didn’t like.

They came for her, all two hundred and ninety seven of them.

Her mum found her hanging behind the bathroom door.

She had used a clean pair of tights, and had a shower first.

56 thoughts on “Short Thoughts (58)

  1. Sometimes for sure very sad, with all these dependencies the youth is having with Social Media. One should not sell the heart to this. Its not sustainable, like most of the fashion we are wearing. 🙂 A great remembrance, Pete! Thank you! Enjoy a wonderful evening! Michael

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    1. It has been happening far too often in Britain, Robbie. The last case was a 12 year old girl.
      In my opinion, parents need to step up, and take more control of theit childrens’ Internet useage.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. It is all too true, and unfortunately things can turn sour as quickly as you describe. Some people don’t realise how much power their words might have and many more don’t realise how much power we are handing over to other people we don’t really know. It’s difficult to know what to do about it, although educating young children about the risks might help.

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    1. I really think parents have to realise that the buck stops with them. Unrestricted Internet access for the under-18s is more the norm now, and that should stop.
      Thanks, Olga.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. To be honest I think the worst invention of all has been mobile phones. The majority of people are addicted; going around in a trance, looking down and not aware of what’s going on around them. Toddlers sit strapped in prams while mothers chat on phones or send messages. Kids not mature enough to deal with online bullying are taking their own lives. It can only get worse.

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    1. I have to say I agree, Stevie. The only benefit of a mobile I can think of is to summon help if you live in a rural location where there are no longer any phone boxes.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. So many young lives are harmed by this constant need to be liked. And all the unnecessary influencers dictating the way they should look. I am so glad that my kids were practically grown before the internet became useable. Bad enough being a teenager anyway. You have to be a strong parent to keep an eye on them, and even then they can easily get hold of a cheap phone and keep it at a friend’s house. So very sad and for those parents who have lost a child through suicide (and regrettably I know one) heart-breaking.

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    1. This seems to be getting worse. No doubt during the lockdowns and school closures many kids were spending a great deal more time online. Sad news about your friend, Jude.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  5. So sad but social media needs be accountable and also be more vigulant about young children putting false birth dates to get access… more stringent application process needs to be put in place and the amount of “US generals” who want to be my friend is apppaling even I can tell they are stock photos and fake profiles and yet some of my friends fail their “community guidelines” and get banned..go figure…rant over…

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    1. Parents need to be more careful about the Internet access they give their children too. The last young suicide I saw on the news was a 12 year old girl. Her parents clamed to have no idea that she was on so many sites and chatrooms.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  6. Scary…I had been pretty wary of social media because whatever you post can be used against you in the meanest way. It is not just about holding your head high but being prepared for the onslaught when, and not if, things go south…impossible for a teenager to even think of…

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  7. Sad but it is actually happening
    To have allowed social media to become so ruling in a child’s/anyone’s life is society’s shame.
    We must raise strong children – with perspective of what is real and what is important – probably beginning with finding other activities to fill their dreams and time rather than Fakebook and social media.
    Won’t be easy.

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    1. This is news here all the time. Mostly young girls, but boys sometimes.
      It has to be controlled, but so many parents provide children with unlimited Internet access, with no controls on content.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. So sad…To base ones life value on the opinion and perception of others which is indeed dangerous in and of itself. Unfortunatly, we now live in a world consumed by likes & comments. In return true connections seems to be wavering as the virtual tech age of social media ensues. However, there is hope that children as well adults learn about how to approach their social presensce online in a healthy productive way. For indeed sharing this information has now come down to actually saving lives of he vulnerable.

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  9. It’s enormously challenging to grow up in the glare of social media especially today. I’ve know this tale to be a sad truth at many high schools in the Bay Area! How do we protect our children from such potent influences? C

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