Megan Evans, aged 14 and from Milford Heaven, Pembrokeshire, committed suicide last Tuesday after being subjected to abuse on the photo-sharing app, Instagram.
Now her heartbroken mother, Nicola Harteveld, has revealed she had “no idea” her daughter was being bullied.
However, she has now urged all parents and anyone working with children and young people to be extra vigilant in looking for signs their children are unhappy and are possibly being bullied.
Speaking out in a bid to keep other families from going through the pain she lives every day, Nicola said teenagers constantly being on their phones exacerbates the issue. She wants other parents to “look for signs their children may be unhappy because she doesn’t want Megan’s death to be in vain.”
She is also urging teens to think about the comments they make on social media: “Be careful what you say, words can’t be taken back. They may seem trivial or may be said in anger or jest, but they can’t be taken back. You don’t know how that person will take it so be mindful of someone else’s situation.”
Police are in the process of investigating the teen’s death in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
Whilst there was no indication that Social Services were involved, it is yet another devastating reminder that we as practitioners must always be vigilant when working with children and young people in need of our services. However, this can be a difficult task as we work with societies most vulnerable at their time in need. We are often presented with several crisis situations at once, which requires us to unpick through the assessment, intervention and delivery process. However, we can only do this well and effectively if we are supported and invested in. As such, please remember the dangers of bullying and the format in which this is now taking place (social media).
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