The father of a 14-year-old who took her own life has told her inquest he was shocked that such "dark, graphic, harmful material" was readil

Molly Russell inquest: Online life was 'the bleakest of worlds'

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2022-09-23 16:00:32

The father of a 14-year-old who took her own life has told her inquest he was shocked that such "dark, graphic, harmful material" was readily available to be seen by children online.

Mr Russell told the inquest much of the content seemed to "normalise" self-harm and suicide and discouraged people to get help with mental health.

"I also looked briefly at Molly's YouTube account and saw a… pattern - many normal teenage 'likes' and 'follows', but a similar high number of disturbing posts concerning anxiety, depression, self harm and suicide.

"On the family computer I saw that Molly continued to receive emails after her death from another social media platform, Pinterest.

Mr Russell earlier told North London Coroner's Court that he hoped Molly's death would remind people that it was "OK not to be OK" and to seek help.

"I knew Molly had an Instagram account and a Twitter account as I also had accounts on these platforms and we 'followed' each other, as did other members of the family.

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