Self Harm

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Self Harm

  1. 1. The previous reenactment is based off a realistic event that happened in 2013. A young teenage girl named Hannah Smith took her life at age 14 from all of the hatred that was spread to her through the social networking site ask.fm. She’s one of millions that have seen the darker side of the internet.
  2. 2. But this dark side doesn’t always consist of bullying as some believe. Besides the distribution of cruel words, the internet has slowly become a gateway for teenagers to search and create a harmful online lifestyle.
  3. 3. Responsible for this online epidemic of sadness would be all of the sites you log onto everyday: Instagram, Twitter, WeHeartIt, Ask.fm, Facebook, and Tumblr. All of these social networks have built up a wall that has given power for anyone that has an account to do what they want. Yet what some of these people are doing is simply crying for help in one of the most dangerous ways possible.
  4. 4. As some regular Instagram users have figured out, the popular app’s creators have blocked numerous hashtags from showing up on user’s phones in an attempt to stop anything vulgar or upsetting from popping up onto your screen.
  5. 5. Images per page x number of pages = how many images 26 x 10,235 = 266,110
  6. 6. Research has proven that 75% of teens that repeatedly look up pictures of others cutting themselves or applying other selfharming methods are liable and convinced to do it themselves. Without a secure tactic to stop the ability to see these images, the rates of self harm and suicide will go up.
  7. 7. The internet is not only offering these images, but are sending girls like Hannah Smith over the edge. With ask.fm’s and Tumblr’s easy anonymous buttons, hateful words can be spread from one keyboard to another. But in Hannah’s case and many others, the anonymous button might even be for themselves, to trick the world into believing they have one more reason to be sad.
  8. 8. The internet’s revolution may not be so revolutionary any longer.

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