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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Girl’s Suicide Points to Rise in Apps Used by Cyberbullies

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ
The New York Times
Published: September 13, 2013

Here is an excerpt:

In jumping, Rebecca became one of the youngest members of a growing list of children and teenagers apparently driven to suicide, at least in part, after being maligned, threatened and taunted online, mostly through a new collection of texting and photo-sharing cellphone applications. Her suicide raises new questions about the proliferation and popularity of these applications and Web sites among children and the ability of parents to keep up with their children’s online relationships.

For more than a year, Rebecca, pretty and smart, was cyberbullied by a coterie of 15 middle-school children who urged her to kill herself, her mother said.

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