Authors: (Amy L Burnett, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent programs, Kentucky Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America)
Abstract: In a world where information, entertainment, and socialization are all available with just
a couple clicks on a pocket-sized phone, teens are more connected than ever to all that the
internet has to offer. To most, this access is a beneficial tool that is used in a positive way
in daily life, but there is a concerning dark side of the internet that allows unfiltered,
negative information to be placed in the hands of individuals of all ages. Due to this
mostly uncensored access, there has been an explosion of websites dealing with suicide,
which is a growing concern in today‘s youth. It is estimated that there are over 100,000
websites related to suicide that can be accessed through basic search engines. This
chapter explores the pros and cons of the internet with regard to adolescent suicide.
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