Teen Suicides: Monitoring Apps can Save Lives
Do you know how most of the youngsters between the age 10 and 24 die worldwide? It’s not pneumonia, influenza, cancer, heart attack or road accident. According to several surveys conducted worldwide, suicide is the second leading causes of death among youngsters. Research also indicates that every 4 out of 5 teens show clear signs of committing suicide. What’s sad is that most of us fail to recognize these signs. Thanks to technology, you can get to know if your kid is mentally disturbed or is having suicidal thoughts. With monitoring apps on your kid’s device, you can easily know what’s going through his mind and in his life, and consequently identify the signs of distress. Here is why you should use these apps, and how they help you save your kid from giving up on life.
Check Texts for Suicidal Tendencies
Text messages can tell you the whole story, whether it is a breakup, cyberbullying, peer pressure or something else. It is normal for teens to share their thoughts about committing suicide or losing interest in life with their friends. If you happen to find any text message that shows suicidal tendencies such as “I want to die”, “life is really difficult”, “I can’t live without her”, “I am fed up from everything”, etc., you must directly talk to the teen, as these thoughts can later turn into suicidal thoughts. No one thinks of committing a suicide overnight. Keep monitoring your kid’s texts to detect the smoke early.
View Browsing History for Suicide-Related Searches
Kids usually get ideas for suicide from the Internet. By checking their browsing history, you can get a gist of what’s happening in their heads. A parental control app keeps log of every website visited by the teen so that you can know what he is up to. If your kid is frequently visiting websites containing content related to suicide, death, loss of hope, depression, etc. then you must consult a professional immediately to help your kid get out of this phase.
Go Through WhatsApp Chat to Learn the Truth
Text messages and web browsing history may not tell you the cause of suicidal thoughts, but WhatsApp can definitely tell the whole truth as the conversation there are typically longer and deeper. So you must read the WhatsApp conversation of your kid just to know about the hidden aspects of his life. He may be thinking of suicide due to a recent breakup with his girlfriend, peer pressure, cyberbullying, or some other problem of the sort. Allocate some time to monitoring of mobile activities of your kid to stay updated on whatever is happening in his life.
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