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Metro Detroit students exposed to suicidal games online

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Posted at 10:41 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 23:22:28-05

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZO — An urgent warning was sent to parents at McIntyre Elementary School from Southfield Public Schools officials. The message, which was blasted out via email, said in part, "students may have been exposed to self-harm/suicide games."

7 Action News obtained a copy of the email that went on to give resources for parents to utilize to help avoid online dangers and assist if their child does become a victim.

A cyber-crimes expert said these dangerous websites are easily accessible and can be hidden in plain sight.

Here are some resources to keep your child safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/keep-your-child-safe-online-at-home-covid-19
USDOJ

https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus/keeping-children-safe-online

The district's email included three apps to monitor your child’s digital world:

  • T-Mobile Digits (Free) – Monitor your child’s text messages
  • Google Family Link (Free) – Set limits on your child’s digital world
  • Bark.us (Cost) – Professional dashboard to manage your child’s world digital world

The school district also offered contact information to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)