A graphic suicide has appeared on social media platforms today, prompting parents to remain vigilant with their children’s social media usage.
Act for Kids has been advised that the video features a graphic suicide by gunshot, and may cause extreme distress for children who see it.
Parents are being encouraged to talk to their children to determine whether they have viewed this content, and to limit social media usage until the video has been removed.
Stephen Beckett from Act For Kids says the advice for parents is to monitor their devices when kids get home from school this afternoon.
Act for Kids urges families to follow these three steps to help keep their kids safe online:
1. Secure household devices by setting passcodes and restrictions on all devices.
2. Supervise children online and monitor the material they are accessing.
3. Sit Down and have an open conversation with your child about the material they may see online.
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A TikTok spokesperson has released the following statement:
“On Sunday night in the US, clips of a suicide that had originally been livestreamed on Facebook circulated on other platforms, including TikTok. Our systems, together with our moderation teams, have been detecting and removing these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide. We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging, or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family. If anyone in our community is struggling with thoughts of suicide or concerned about someone who is, we encourage them to seek support, and we provide access to hotlines directly from our app and in our Safety Centre.”
If you or a loved one is struggling, you can seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 or Act For Kids on 1300 228 000.