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You may have heard of the tragic story of an 11 year old boy completing suicide after bad Facebook hoax was played upon him. My heart and condolences go to both of these families. As adults, we need to teach kids to tell us when they see someone posting about suicide, self-harm or eating disorders on any social media or texting platform.
I regularly talk to kids about apps. Over the past year, I’m starting to hear about Tinder with the senior aged kids. Part of my work is teaching them to recognize red flag behaviors, indicators for grooming and not going to meet people in person that they meet on Tinder (or other sites such as Craigslist).
I’ve had hesitations posting about this story due to my view on contagion and the importance of following recommended guidelines on reporting on suicide.
I enjoy seeing the kindness of youth. I see it everyday and it helps to balance out some of the negativity in the world. It’s important that we all teach kindness from a young age.