Dhe death of a ten-year-old, presumably as a test of courage on the Internet at Tiktok, causes sadness and heated debates in Italy. According to media reports in Palermo, Sicily, little Antonella had strangled herself unconscious at home with a belt. After a sister discovered the girl, the family rushed her to the hospital Wednesday night. The re the doctors fought for their lives, but then had to diagnose brain death, as a spokeswoman for the Di Cristina hospital confirmed on Friday.
The judiciary and the protection of minors started investigations into the circumstances of death. The media wrote that the girl wanted to take part in a so-called blackout challenge or hanging challenge on the Tiktok video app. In such a dangerous action, participants strangle themselves and film it with their smartphones.
The police are investigating Antonella’s cell phone, wrote the newspaper “La Repubblica” on Friday. According to the information, the parents agreed to an organ donation by their daughter.
Mayor Orlando: Palermo is in shock
According to the Adnkronos news agency, a Tiktok spokesman said: “We are ready for the relevant authorities to help with the investigation.” The company is trying to stop calls for life-threatening behavior. Palermo’s mayor, Leoluca Orlando, wrote on Facebook that he and probably the whole city were “in shock”. A debate about young people’s relationships with smartphones and social networks is long overdue – “especially in times of the pandemic, which has driven us more and more into digital communication”.
In the media, psychologists and youth experts called on Friday to consider tightening the law on how children use cell phones and social networks. For years there have been “challenges” on the internet and in many countries. The challenges are sometimes fun, sometimes extremely dangerous.