…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Bereaved parents who have lost their children to suicide are advocating for authorities to take into account their online histories when investigating the cause of death.
They believe that a thorough examination of the content their children were exposed to online is essential.
Seeking Comprehensive Investigations
Hollie Dance, the mother of Archie Battersbee, who tragically passed away in August 2022 during a misguided “prank or experiment,” has joined other grieving families in urging for greater access to their children’s online activities.
In an interview with Sky News, she emphasized the importance of investigating all aspects surrounding a child’s death.
Extending the Scope of Investigations
While conventional investigations focus on aspects like parental involvement, home environment, and school life, Ms Dance argues that social media usage should also be considered.
She believes that when it comes to the death of a child, a comprehensive examination should include exploring the online spaces and content that influenced their lives.
Seeking Clues in Online Engagement
Following the tragic death of her 12-year-old son, who was discovered unconscious at home months prior, Ms Dance speculates that he may have been participating in an online challenge.
Despite her suspicions, a coroner ruled his death as accidental.
Determined to uncover the truth, she hopes that the examination of her son’s phone will shed light on his online activities.
Unveiling Online Habits
Ms Dance is eager to understand the extent of her son’s online engagement.
She questions what he watched and how much time he spent on social media platforms.
By delving into his online history, she believes that valuable insights may be gained, helping to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the circumstances leading to his death.