A Florida teen streamed his suicide on Justin.tv earlier this week (ABC news story) and 185 people watched as he overdosed. At first I thought it was a hoax, but it appears to be true. It appears that people in the chat of the stream were encouraging him to do it as it was unfolding. I find this story so sad. I wonder what backlash this will have on some of these newer forms of social media. It reminds me as a youth worker that being involved where teens are online is important.
What are your thoughts? Do we need to encourage are kids to stay away from social media? Or should we be taking an interest in what kids in our groups are up to online?