Charities' warning after claims teenager was internet target [Derby Evening Telegraph (England)]
(Derby Evening Telegraph (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CHILDREN'S charities have warned of the devastating impact of online abuse as it emerged police are investigating claims that a teenager killed himself after being targeted in a blackmail scam. Daniel Perry, 17, is thought to have been deceived into taking part in webcam chats and then blackmailed with the footage.
The apprentice mechanic is said to have believed he was talking to an American girl on Skype but was told by blackmailers that the conversations were recorded and would be shared with friends and family unless he paid money into an account.
Daniel, from Dunfermline, Fife, died after falling from the Forth Road Bridge on July 15.
Police Scotland are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
The teenager had reportedly been urged to take his own life by anonymous users on the social media website Ask.fm about three months before he died.
Childline Scotland stressed that youngsters should not send people pictures of themselves or take part in video calls if they are not sure to whom they are speaking.
Manager Elaine Chalmers said: The internet is part of lives and communities now and we have to ask young people and parents to think about that, so just as we would want children to take care of themselves in a city centre or in a park somewhere and we would talk to them about staying safe there, we have to educate them about staying safe on the internet.
These type of cyber-bullying incidents are increasing and becoming almost as common as bullying in the street or playground. Bullies are bullies wherever they are.
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