My 13 year old cousin attempted suicide

Gina - posted on 04/25/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old cousin attempted suicide by jumping out of her bedroom window two days ago. I am 13 myself (we are the same age) and I've been so worried about her dying lately and so are my family and people who knew her, etc. We've talked to an investigator about this attempt and so far it was unexpected that she would try to do this. She has no suicidal tendencies from the past and had not ever gone through traumatizing event but they confirmed that it was over a multiplayer game and all they know is that she created a Facebook account that nobody knew of and joined a group full of people that also play the game. She sent messages to another user telling the person to give game items back that they stole from. The person kept sending back messages saying that they won't give the items back, etc. I looked the game up myself and viewed a website that said that the game is for kids, tweens, and teens and I showed some information about it to my mom. It appears so that there are online scammers in the game, which someone in a comment has explained that they offer you a pixel, make you give your pixel to them first, and they'll just log off immediately. I think that the reason why she might have jumped from her window is because of someone who kept stealing pixels in the game because she had had fights with the scammer on Facebook. They already investigated the person's profile while I was at school and they said they claim to be a 14 year old female. Would you get arrested/in trouble with the police if you stole virtual property from a game and someone tried taking their own lives? We have no proof if they're actually a teenager yet, but if they actually were, then what will happen?

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Dove - posted on 04/26/2016

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And honestly... while I am glad that you are reaching out... THIS site is also not an appropriate one for you.

Dove - posted on 04/26/2016

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I have no idea the legalities of this (and it would be up to the police to handle... not you), but please take this as a lesson and stay away from that game. Your internet usage should be limited and supervised. NEVER contact or accept contact from anyone that you do not personally know. If someone that you have not met in real life contacts you... block them immediately. If you are on a website account that does not allow you to block strangers... it is not a website that is appropriate to be on.

If you experience any online bullying from someone that you do know... tell your parents about it immediately and block them as well. The internet can be a fun and useful place, but it can also be a very dangerous one.

I hope your cousin will receive the therapy and guidance that she desperately needs through this time. It is good that she has you in her life, but be sure that if she confides anything in you that is too intense that you both go and speak to her parents or therapist about it.

Hang in there!! ♥

Raye - posted on 04/26/2016

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Kids need to be very careful when playing these kinds of games. Some of these online games take real money for fake items. In addition to improper spending, emotional attachments can take place and people can get hurt from others bullying, etc. Parents really need to be involved with what their kids are doing and make sure they can separate fiction from reality. You never really know people you've never met. All they tell you to gain your trust could be lies.

Also, the violence and mature themes in some of these games can have an influence on kids. My 8 y/o step-son's mom and her BF let him play Rated M (Mature) games full of violence and then wonder why he's getting in fights at school. It sickens me when parents ignore their kids, letting them do whatever, and then seem shocked when the kids are in trouble. Parents who say "no" to things usually do so for a reason that the kids may not understand. It's really not just to ruin their kids fun. It's for their protection.

Gina, I hope your cousin gets help. And I hope you learn not to get involved with stupid games and people you don't know.

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2016

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You are in way over your head. Let the police handle the investigation and stay the heck out off that site. to try to commit suicide over "pixels" things that don't exist, make little sense. There must have been another cause for her attempt. Why your mom is ok with you interfering in the investigation is beyond me.

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