A 13-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging after losing Rs 40,000 in a mobile phone game in the most recent case of mobile phone addiction and tragedy.
On Friday, the incident was reported in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district. The boy is said to have left a suicide note asking his mother to apologise for the loss of the money.
According to the police, the 13-year-parents old’s work in medicine. His father owns a pathology lab, and his mother works as a nurse at a public hospital.
According to reports, the boy withdrew Rs 40,000 from his mother’s UPI account to play the mobile game ‘Free Fire.’
When the incident occurred, his parents were not present because they were at work. According to police, the boy’s older sister discovered the door was locked from the inside and called her parents. When the door was forced open, the 13-year-old was discovered hanging from a ceiling fan.
What do the experts think?
As the issue has resurfaced, an NIMHANS health expert believes it is time for ‘Cyber Literacy,’ which will assist children and adolescents in developing digital resilience to deal with online pressure.
Dr. Manoj K Sharma, clinical psychology professor at NIMHANS, told Asianet Newsable, “I believe that there is a need for Cyber Literacy.” That is, children should be aware of how much touch screen should be present, which platform they must use, as well as the science and symptoms of excessive and addictive use. Second, if they come across any sort of bullying or pressure online, they should know how to handle it and who to approach. Finally, they should have a family-based quality interaction so that all family members can express their discontent, whatever positive or negative behaviour they have rather than taking this kind of step. These three things, I believe, should be included in the school programme, as part of the curriculum.These three things, I believe, can help young children and adolescents avoid these kinds of consequences as part of the school programme, the family-based programme, and as a public health initiative.