As one of Britain’s foremost child psychotherapists, Julie Lynn Evans thought she had long since heard every parental nightmare. But last week, after reading the tragic story of 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson, who killed herself after visiting websites about self-harm and anorexia, she found herself in tears.

Her clients include three young people who have attempted suicide. What has become apparent to Lynn Evans during the sessions is that these desperate children have been tipped over the edge by things they have seen on the internet.

”When I read about poor Tallulah, the suicidal messages she left on Twitter, the history of using these chat rooms, it made me burst in to tears,” she says. ”I am seeing this, day in day out. I thought as I was reading, ‘It could have been any of the kids in my care, but for the grace of God.”’

She says the internet revolution is having a profound effect on children, taking many to a dark world that is doing them untold harm.

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”It is the worst cohort of badly behaved kids I have seen in 25 years of work, and I’m absolutely convinced that the internet has a lot to do with it. It makes any problem more urgent, more dramatic.”

via Snared in the tentacles of a dark and dangerous place.