Social networking site Bebo, found to be the third most popular social site behind MySpace and Facebook in a recent survey, is at the center of the story behind a chain of youth suicides in the United Kingdom over the last year, according to a report in the Guardian.
Seven British youths, all Bebo members and linked to each other in some ways (though not all had met offline), have committed suicide since last February. The most recent victim was found dead not long after posting a message of condolence on the page of the previous suicide.
According to one Guardian report, “Superintendent Tim Jones, divisional commander of Bridgend police, said: ‘The investigation will seek to establish the full circumstances surrounding these tragic circumstances and clearly communication between friends and associates is an important consideration. There is a growing trend for young people to communicate through telephone text messaging and also over the internet whether it’s email or within
chat room forums.'”