‘The internet can be a dark and dangerous place’

From The Telegraph:

As one of the country’s foremost child psychotherapists, Julie Lynn Evans thought she had heard long every parental nightmare. But last week, after reading the tragic story of 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson, who killed herself after visiting websites about self-harm and anorexia, she found herself in tears.

Her clients include three young people who have attempted suicide. They come to her stylish sitting room in west London and, in front of a roaring fire, lay bare their demons. What has become apparent to Evans during the sessions is that these desperate children have been tipped over the edge by things they have seen on the internet.

“When I read about poor Tallulah, the suicidal messages she left on Twitter, the history of using these chatrooms, it made me burst in to tears,” she says. “I am seeing this, day in day out. I thought as I was reading, ‘It could have been any of the kids in my care, but for the grace of God.’ ”

She says the internet revolution is having a profound effect on our children, taking many to a dark world that is doing them untold harm.

“It is the worst cohort of badly behaved kids I have seen in 25 years of work, and I’m absolutely convinced that the internet has a lot to do with it. It makes any problem more urgent, more dramatic. Parents are having a hell of a time. It is not that they have been remiss and stupid, they just didn’t know what was coming. None of us did.”

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