A 14-year-old boy died after taking part in the sick online ‘hanging challenge’.
Grieving Camila Antonieta wrote online that her son Otavio Henrique Resende Martins Souza died on 17th November after copying the grim social media stunt.
She wrote: “On 17/11/2022, the day I lost my boy, I lost my great love to the evil of the internet.
“The day I won’t forgive myself for leaving home. The day I couldn’t hug or say goodbye to my son. The day I couldn’t say I love you one more time.”
Camila said she had learned that Otavio followed an online manga group called ‘Suicide Boy’, where he had apparently learned of the sick challenge.
She revealed: “My son believed he would be able to succeed in the neck rope test, which he would have to endure for 20 seconds. He took a risk and set everything up.
“What he didn’t know was that it would end his life. My son tied an HDMI cable to the wardrobe and did the ‘hangman’, he took a risk, slipped, was unable to maintain consciousness, and soon lost his life.”
Camila made a heartfelt appeal to other parents to warn them of the dangers the internet poses to their children.
She wrote: “I ask you, mothers and fathers, to look at your children’s computers daily, look at their magazines, books, conversations, and drawings.
“Don’t leave them for so long on the computer watching disturbing videos or playing disturbing games.
“Mothers and fathers, stay closer to your children. Hug, kiss, have conversations throughout the day. Be present.”
Otavio will be buried in Uberlandia, Minas Gerais State, Brazil today (23rd November).