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Middle Schoolers Are More Suicidal Than Ever. Is Too Much Privacy to Blame?

Why parents should think twice before granting kids absolute digital privacy

Anastasia Basil
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readSep 22, 2020

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Dark photo of a young girl on a smartphone.
Photo: Sol de Zuasnabar Brebbia/Getty Images

So, I had the talk with my 11-year-old daughter. (Not that talk, I had that talk a couple years ago.) She stared, unblinking, as I explained how sextortion works. I…

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