Mum's Post On Dangers Of Social Media For Children Goes Viral
A mum's honest post about the dangers of social media for children has been shared more than 320,000 times on Facebook.
The woman explained how her seven-year-old daughter had suffered a "full blown anxiety attack" over comments from other online gamers, explaining that the post was "exceptionally hard" for her to put out there.
"I've thought long and hard about this I've decided it's way too important not to bring awareness to other parents," wrote the woman. "This is not up for criticism. I only want to let all parents know what to watch for."
She continued: "Kids youtube, roblox, fortnight... no matter how much you think you are monitoring your child.. notifications to what your child is watching. It doesn't matter. My 7 year old child was taught how to attempt suicide by kids youtube and these games [sic].
"She has expressed that she doesn't feel neglected or unloved. Instead, she was constantly told to 'go kill yourself' by other gamers, by kids youtube. Shown HOW to."
The mum explained that she held and sang her daughter through the panic attack. But the following day, the young girl had drawn a graphic image of a stick figure attempting to commit suicide.
Attaching the picture, she continued: "This is a VERY real danger! I NEVER thought I would find myself helping my SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD through an anxiety attack. PLEASE, keep your children away from these things.
"I'm just so glad my child was able to express her feelings before she actually tried to harm herself. I never thought something as 'innocent' as kids youtube would have these subliminal messages.
"Again, I'm only sharing our experience in the hopes to prevent another child going through this."
The post was met by other parents thanking the woman for sharing the experience.
"Thank you for being so brave to share your story to save others lives," said one user.
Another added: "Thanks for this post that's why it's so important the people that come into contact with children know how to spot the warning signs so they can intervene early."
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