11-Year-Old Boy Died by Suicide After Cruel Social Media Hoax

It’s hard to believe that this story is out of my home state in Michigan, but it’s one that made me take serious pause this morning. As a parent, one of my worst fears is having my child succumb to the intense pressures and darkness of social media.

As adults, it’s easy to get “sucked in” to the online world — I’ve done it myself and I know how it can feel like the “online” world is the real world. But for young children, whose brains are still developing and who just do not have the capability to separate the two or see a bigger picture, social media can wreak havoc on their lives.

And in this case, even end a life.

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Read more about the tragic way one 11-year-old boy took his own life as a result of social media.

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Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie Brusie is a freelance writer, former magazine editor, author, mom of four, and a registered nurse with experience in OB, long-term and step-down care.

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