‘My 7-year-old child was taught how to attempt suicide. She was constantly told to ‘go kill yourself’ by other gamers. She was shown HOW to.’

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“This is an exceptionally hard thing for me to post. I’ve thought long and hard about this. I’ve decided it is way too important not to bring awareness to other parents. This is not up for criticism. I only want to let all parents know what to watch for….

Kids YouTube, Roblox, Fortnite… 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. 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. She was shown HOW to.

Sunday night, she had a full-blown anxiety attack. I held her and sang to her while she got through it. Monday, she drew this in school.

This is a VERY real danger! I NEVER thought I would find myself helping my 7-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.”

Pencil drawing on piece of paper of person hanging themselves
Meridy Leeper

[If you’re thinking about hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help is out there. You are not alone.]

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