Tragedy brings to light importance of responsible social media use

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A 13-year-old Marquette girl now faces charges in connection with a social media bullying case that lead to the suicide of an 11-year-old boy.

Investigators say Tysen Benz, also of Marquette, died last Tuesday, three weeks after he tried to hang himself.

Police say Benz took the action after a 13-year-old girl used her friends’ social media accounts to convince him that she had killed herself.

The girl is charged with malicious use of telecommunications services and using a computer to commit a crime.

The tragic case is a reminder of how dangerous social media can be for children.

In our area, experts say, 20 to 40 percent of people report they have been cyber bullied at some point in their lives.

Experts say that with social media continuing to grow, now is a good time to speak to children and teens about  how to post responsibly, and to take steps like using software filtering apps to monitor your child’s internet usage.

Local Five’s Bryant McCray reports.

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