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Workers at coronavirus quarantine base accosted amid unfounded fears of spreading virus – Los Angeles Times

February 10th, 2020

Workers at March Air Reserve Base and their families have been verbally attacked in person and on social media by people fearing their proximity to the 195 Americans under quarantine at the base after fleeing China amid the coronavirus outbreak, Riverside County officials said Monday.

“Please understand that people on and off the base are not at increased risk for exposure to the new virus, and we don’t restrict people who don’t actually pose any risk,” public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a letter to the community.

“They have had no contact with the evacuees, whose area is fully separated from base personnel. You do not need to exclude household or family members of MARB personnel, nor do you need to require them to obtain unnecessary ‘clearance letters’ from a physician or health authority. They pose no greater risk than anyone else.”

Kaiser said that some base workers have been accosted while in uniform.

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To date, no one at the base has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including two children who were hospitalized for fevers and have since tested negative for the virus. Only 13 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., seven of which are in California.

The situation is a bit different in San Diego County, where 232 American citizens and their family members are serving the 14-day government-mandated quarantine after arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar last week.

Late Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified San Diego health officials that a botched test result allowed an evacuee infected with the coronavirus to leave a San Diego hospital earlier in the day after initially saying the person was in the clear.

The error was detailed in a brief statement released by UC San Diego Health, which says that all four quarantine patients admitted to its isolation units last week were discharged back to quarantine quarters after the CDC said the coronavirus tests came back negative.

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“The confirmed positive patient was returned to UC San Diego Health for observation and isolation until cleared by the CDC for release,” the statement said.

The university also said that it had received another patient with possible coronavirus symptoms, bringing the total hospitalized out of Miramar quarantine to eight.

The two patients in isolation units at UC San Diego facilities are said to be “doing well” with “minimal symptoms.”

In Riverside, Kaiser said that officials do not expect any positive cases to surface among the group there, which landed at March Air Reserve Base on Jan. 29.

Unlike medical staff, including healthcare workers from the CDC and nurses from Riverside University Health System-Public Health, base workers have not been in direct contact with the group, which has been placed under a 14-day quarantine. The CDC has previously said that quarantined individuals do not pose a threat to the larger community.

The CDC mandated a quarantine — the first in more than 50 years — on Jan. 31 for those fleeing the epicenter of the virus in Wuhan, China. The order, which did not align with the World Health Organization’s recommendation advising against travel bans, has prompted health workers to scramble and stirred panic within communities.

There is no clear explanation for why the U.S. government issued a mandatory quarantine. While a quarantine is one of the only tools that may help mitigate the spread of the virus, as no vaccine exists, experts have said it’s difficult to measure the effectiveness of a modern-day quarantine — a practice developed in the 14th century in Italy to prevent plague epidemics from spreading to coastal cities from ships that had returned to port in Venice.

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The coronavirus outbreak was confirmed before it hit American soil, unlike the 2009 H1N1 influenza, commonly known as the swine flu — a disease that infected more than 60 million and killed more than 12,000 in the U.S. but did not result in a mandatory quarantine order. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that while a quarantine is unprecedented, officials hope it will keep the virus contained, as it’s believed to be traveling directly from China.

Politics also could have something to do with the decision, said Jennifer Nuzzo, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

“I do believe that politics played a role in our decision to implement these quarantines and travel [restrictions]. It’s not what health officials were talking about a few days earlier,” she said, adding that politicians’ calling on the government to expand efforts is a “knee-jerk” reaction whenever a new virus emerges.

The State Department has said that more than 800 people have been evacuated from Wuhan. The majority have remained in quarantine at facilities in California tapped by the Department of Defense.

San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer Paul Sisson contributed to this report.

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Omar Khadr makes first public appearance, delivers keynote address at Dalhousie University event – Global News

February 10th, 2020

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr made his first public speaking appearance in Halifax on Monday, Feb. 10.

Khadr was part of a panel discussion on child soldiers hosted in partnership between the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and Dalhousie’s Open Dialogue Series.

Along with former child soldier-turned-author and activist Ishmael Beah, Khadr was a keynote speaker.

He told the large audience at Dalhousie University that he believes he has a role to play in the world, although he’s still not quite sure exactly what form it will take.

“I just want to see how I can help and what I can do to better humanity,” he said.

READ MORE: Omar Khadr on why he says he wants a life as close to ‘ordinary’ as he can get

Security at the event was tight, with only ticket holders allowed in the building and police on scene. A small group gathered outside the Rebecca Cohn Theatre to protest Khadr’s appearance, calling him a terrorist, but inside the event ran smoothly.

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Dr. Shelly Whtiman, executive director of the Dallaire Initiative, moderated the event and said the Initiative has been supportive of a better public understanding of Khadr’s case for nearly 10 years.

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Omar Khadr’s war crimes sentence expires

She also said that international law is very clear that children who are recruited and used as soldiers are not to be held criminally responsible for their participation in armed conflict.

She told the crowd neither Khadr or Beah were being paid to speak at the event, saying both were participating to shed light on the important topic and to show how to child soldiers can be treated differently.

“Tonight we challenge and unpack who is a child soldier,” she told the crowd.

Ishmael Beah grew up in Sierra Leone and become a child soldier as young teenager, after he was separated from his family when his town was attacked.

READ MORE: 2019 ends ‘deadly decade’ for children living in conflict zones: UNICEF

“At some point in my life war became every part of my being, that’s all I knew how to do,” he said.

But he was ultimately rescued by UNICEF, he said, and was given a chance to rehabilitate and change his life — something he says didn’t happen for Khadr.

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“It’s easier to empathize and to forgive people who are far away. It’s easier to apply those rules of civility when people are not doing things that remind us that we, too, can be like that,” he said.

“I’ve always felt there was an injustice in how I was accepted and how they treated you,” Beah said to Khadr.

In 2002, Khadr was captured during a firefight with American forces and accused of throwing a grenade that killed one of the U.S. soldiers. That accusation landed Khadr in Guantanamo Bay at the age of 15.

In 2010 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Khadr’s human rights had been violated at Guantanamo Bay, a decision that ultimately lead to a settlement with the Government of Canada for an estimated $10.5 million.

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‘I want you all to stay angry’: Trudeau responds to $10.5 million payout to Omar Khadr

During the discussion, Khadr spoke about challenges he’s experienced since his release, with everyone expecting him to be a bad person.

He says he’s been in “survival mode” for the last 17 years, but said he decided to speak publicly at the event because the Dallaire Initiative was a safe place to be with people who “understand people like myself.”

Khadr did not speak with media following the event, but during a brief question-and-answer session he was asked what he would say to the people protesting outside.

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“I wouldn’t say anything,” said Khadr.

“[They are] allowed to protest; it’s a free country.”

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February 10th, 2020

Journalists say RCMP blocking efforts to cover police raids on Wet’suwet’en camps – CTV News

February 10th, 2020

TORONTO — The editor of an independent news outlet is accusing the RCMP of disrupting the work of their reporter during the police raids on Wet’suwet’en camps, adding to a chorus of journalists and advocacy groups who are criticizing the police force’s alleged infringement on freedom of the press.

“We were out of contact with (our reporter) for over eight hours while he was detained by the RCMP; we didn’t know where he was,” Ethan Cox, editor for Ricochet, told CTVNews.ca.

He calls it “a major flashpoint for press freedom.”

“Media has to be able to move around, to do their jobs, they can’t be restricted to this level by the RCMP when we’re talking about covering raids on entirely nonviolent and unarmed settlements,” he said.

Journalists on the ground in B.C. have been following the clashes between RCMP and Wet’suwet’en land defenders over the last few days, after the RCMP began to move into Wet’suwet’en territory to enforce a court-ordered injunction requiring protesters to stop blocking roads.

The protests were launched to keep out Coastal GasLink workers aiming to build a pipeline through Wet’suwet’en land. Although the company has agreements with 20 First Nations Band Council Chiefs along the pipeline’s path, they do not have the consent of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.

On Dec. 31, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that protesters could no longer block the Coastal GasLink project.

To enforce the ruling, the RCMP, starting on Thursday, have been moving through Wet’suwet’en camps set up along the Morice West Forest Service Road one by one, arresting protesters and expanding an exclusion zone.

The complicated situation requires media coverage to unpack not only the facts, but the consequences for reconciliation and Indigenous land rights. However, over the past few days, reporters attempting to document this action have alleged numerous times that the RCMP has obstructed, detained or even threatened to arrest them while they followed the protests.

THE RAIDS

Early Thursday morning, before dawn, the first camp of land defenders was raided, at the 39-kilometre mark along the Morice West Forest Service Road.

RCMP confirmed in a press release that they arrested six people for obstruction just after 4 a.m.

During the raid, numerous journalists reported they were being instructed not to take photographs or get too close, or else they would be arrested.

A press release from the Canadian Association of Journalists detailed how two reporters who “were taping the arrest of a woman were told to move 100 yards away. That’s too far for cameras to capture what was happening.”

Even though the reporters complied, CAJ said, they were then detained by police and removed from the area.

Documentary filmmakers from Mutual Aid Media were at the protest, and shared a video with CAJ that showed RCMP officers threatening journalists with arrest on Thursday.

In the video, which was posted to CAJ’s Twitter account, VICE reporter Jesse Winter tells the camera: “I’m being told if I don’t leave the exclusion zone, I’m going to be arrested.”

“They’re arresting press?” the documentary filmmaker can be heard asking.

“Yes, you will be,” an officer says in the video. He then tells the journalists they have 10 minutes to leave the area.

In the wake of the raids, numerous Canadian and International journalism organizations condemned the reports of press suppression, including Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International.

“These journalists had every right to be there, documenting the events in Wet’suwet’en territory without threat of arrest,”Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, said in their statement. “In fact, at times of heightened tensions, concerns about human rights violations and the use of police force, the role of the media is essential.”

Following the public backlash, the RCMP issued a statement Thursday evening saying that the force “respects the fundamental freedom of the press under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

“Journalists can rest assured that the RCMP will make every reasonable effort to allow media personnel to get as close as possible to the enforcement area, while ensuring no interference with police operations.”

According to Cox, that wasn’t their first response.

He told CTVNews.ca that when he asked RCMP media relations Thursday morning if his journalist on the scene, Jerome Turner, would be detained for doing his job, the RCMP responded “that he was going to be treated like anyone else in the exclusion zone.”

“Your reporter will be given the opportunity to leave on his own accord and return to the Access Control Point at the 27 km mark, or be subject to arrest,” an RCMP spokesperson said in an email Cox shared with CTVNews.ca.

The email was posted to Ricochet’s Twitter account, sparking a “huge outcry,” Cox said. Hours later, the RCMP issued the new Thursday evening statement walking back what they’d told Cox.

This new statement clarified that any reporters who were already beyond the advancing line of the RCMP raids would be free to report. Turner, at this point, was at the 44-km camp, and the RCMP had only raided the first camp along the road at 39-km mark, Cox said.

On Friday, the RCMP moved in to clear the 44-km camp, also known as the Gidimt’en checkpoint.

Turner and a documentary filmmaker were there, as were four land defenders. Cox said that when the RCMP arrived at noon, they instructed press where to stand and wouldn’t allow them to move even though Turner was unable to get a signal and send updates to his editors.

“He went completely dark,” Cox said, adding that they had no idea if he was safe for hours.

In addition, Turner was not allowed to leave the position the RCMP had specified for him to remain in order to go report on another interaction between land defenders and police that took place in a cabin out of his line of sight, Cox said.

The RCMP said in a press release that they arrested four individuals.

Turner had intended to continue on down the road to the Unist’ot’en camp to continue his reporting after the Gidimt’en checkpoint was cleared, but RCMP told him he had to leave, according to Cox. Except the land defenders had blocked the way out at the 27-km mark — attempting to stop the RCMP from leaving with the four protesters they had arrested, Cox said.

“So obviously Jerome wanted to go to this blockade and report on it. The RCMP would not allow him to do that,” Cox said.

A legal observer being detained with Turner recorded an interaction with officers that Cox shared with CTVNews.ca. In the audio recording, he asks, “Are we being detained right now?”

“I guess, technically, yeah,” an officer replies. “You can’t go that way,” the officer says, referring to the blockade down the road, and “you can’t go that way,” referring to the Unist’ot’en camp in the other direction.

The officer described it as “like an arrest, but you’re not free to go, and you’re not being prosecuted.”

Cox said there was no real explanation from officers on the ground as to why Turner was not allowed to go report on either story, while media officers in contact with Cox over email claimed Turner had not been detained or arrested.

Cox shared all of the emailed correspondence from the RCMP with CTVNews.ca.

CTVNews.ca reached out to the RCMP about Cox’s allegations, and Cpl. Chris Manseau responded that they are “working on getting clarity around the approximate time, circumstance or location the incidents took place in order to ensure we know which records to review for full context.

He added that the RCMP is documenting the events themselves and making efforts to “record all decisions and interactions in support of the Supreme Court’s direction,” in order to assist in a review of the situation.

He then repeated the assurance that journalists may report freely, provided they do not interfere with police operations.

What exactly constitutes interference has not been specified. When Cox asked for clarity, the RCMP responded that it “is not possible to provide a complete definition of ‘interference,’ because the conclusion will depend on supporting facts and circumstances.”

Eleven more land defenders were arrested on Saturday after refusing to leave the 27-km mark following the RCMP’s decision to extend the exclusion zone to the 4-km mark on the road, according to police.

CAN POLICE BAR THE MEDIA FROM THESE SITES?

Journalists have been arrested for not observing an injunction in order to report on protests before.

In 2016, a reporter named Justin Brake embedded within a group of largely Indigenous demonstrators, accompanied them when they broke a lock and occupied the Muskrat Falls hydro project site in Labrador. He was named in a court injunction, which did not identify him as a journalist. He also faced a criminal charge of mischief.

In March of 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal overturned the charges and ruled that his role as a journalist should not have been overlooked, and that the press has a right and a responsibility to report on the news where it is happening, regardless of injunctions.

They also acknowledged in their 29-page decision that in the aim of Truth and Reconciliation, independent reporting on Indigenous issues, including protests, is more important than ever.

In October of 2019, B.C. became the first province to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which is aimed at aligning the government’s laws and practices with the UN’s declaration.

The declaration species that governments must obtain “free and informed consent” from Indigenous groups before approving any project that affects their lands.

In a photo posted Monday to the Unist’ot’en Camp’s Twitter account — which has been live-tweeting the entire standoff with RCMP — men in construction vests can be seen dismantling a protest barrier on the bridge leading to the Unist’ot’en Camp. As they do so, it splits the word “reconciliation” — emblazoned on the front of the sign — in half.

Cox said his concern is that journalists will continue to encounter roadblocks in reporting on this story.

Amber Bracken, a documentary photographer reporting for Narwhal, tweeted from the Unist’ot’en Camp on Monday that they had “in no way” been obstructed during their reporting that day, then posted an update half an hour later that a camera person had been told they would be arrested if they continued walking adjacent to a road where arrested protesters were being held.

“We stand in solidarity with other media outlets that have journalists in the same position our journalist was until very recently,” Cox said.

“It’s really hard to deny that there’s a pattern of facts that suggests that the RCMP is going out of their way to try and limit media coverage of their actions in this area and that’s a real problem that we should all be very, very concerned about.”

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Atlanta’s Chinese community has especially deep worry about coronavirus – Atlanta Journal Constitution

February 10th, 2020

Organizers have temporarily shut down some weekend Chinese language classes and moved them online for hundreds of children in metro Atlanta.

At several local Asian restaurants and groceries, customers have noticed fewer patrons than normal. And Chinese American coordinators have canceled or indefinitely postponed some community events.

Worries about the international coronavirus outbreak are widespread. But in metro Atlanta, nearly 8,000 miles from Wuhan, China, where the virus was first detected, Chinese-born immigrants and their families have been particularly rattled about the chances of encountering travelers who may have been in China recently and could have been exposed to the virus.

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, and only a dozen in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the immediate health risk is low for the general American public. Yet there is worry.

Local Chinese Americans describe a new calculus of risk and emotion at play in their communities. Wear a mask in public? Avoid certain restaurants? Allow the kids to go to birthday parties?

More than 27,000 people in metro Atlanta were born in mainland China, according to federal figures. Some have closely followed news and messages from friends and family in that country, where the toll has been far greater.

Chinese language classes are still being held weekly in East Cobb. Students are squirted with hand sanitizer before entering classrooms. Teachers ask whether they have anyone in their homes who has traveled to China recently. Most haven’t. Those who have are told to stay away for two weeks. Still, that hasn’t eliminated concerns.

On a recent Sunday, more than a third of the enrolled students were no shows. And two sister campuses of the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy in DeKalb and north Fulton counties shifted all classes online for hundreds of weekend students.

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“Some people in the Chinese community might be on panic mode,” said Su Su, a Chinese-born East Cobb parent who, years ago, attended Wuhan University and now is a political science professor at the University of South Carolina.

She said she doesn’t feel panic herself, but social media has crackled with talk about the coronavirus, some of it true and some perhaps not, she said. “A rumor has its own magical power.”

While she said she is very comfortable being around other Chinese Americans she knows, she is careful about broader interactions.

She said she has imposed a rule on her family to temporarily avoid some Asian businesses, including grocers.

They have reduced their visits to some Chinese restaurants for now, Su said. And she said she limits which birthday parties her kids can attend. “It’s a tough decision because it hurts friendships.”

Others don’t go that far. Ming Hua, who serves on a campus board for the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy, said he believes few families locally have been to China in recent weeks or hosted visitors from there. He said he sees avoiding Chinese businesses as an overreaction.

Azure Duane, who grew up in China and performs acupuncture locally, said one of her kids has been particularly concerned about coronavirus and recently refused to go to an after-hours public school gathering because of it. But she volunteered at the same event and continues to patronize Chinese businesses.

Her family is sticking with the basics she stressed long before the coronavirus outbreak: wash your hands often, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, eat foods rich in Vitamin C.

In Chinese cultures, there’s always an emphasis on avoiding contagious diseases and staying healthy, said Bing Zeng, who chairs the Atlanta-based Association of Chinese Professionals.

But this year, concerns about the flu season were compounded by worries about the coronavirus, she said. Community leaders have advised against big public gatherings.

“Just to play it safe,” Zeng said, the ACP decided to postpone last week’s scheduled 20th anniversary of its big spring show celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Nearly 800 people had been expected at the Infinite Energy Center event in Gwinnett County. Many of the scheduled performers are based in China, but were being discouraged from traveling, Zeng said. Ticket prices will be refunded, she said. No new date has been set yet for the show.

Some other local events tied to the Chinese New Year were also put off, including annual gatherings typically held in local restaurants.

Jian Leung said he’s seen far fewer diners than normal at the Oriental Pearl restaurant he co-owns in the Chinatown shopping center in Chamblee. Both Chinese and non-Chinese patrons have stayed away, he said, because of broad fears about coronavirus.

“People won’t come out to eat,” Leung said. “Everything is crazy.”

At a nearby Chinese grocery, an Asian American man, who gave only one name, Yong, wore what looked like a surgical mask while shopping. He said he is avoiding any Asian restaurants for the time being.

On a recent afternoon in Duluth, most shoppers were maskless while strolling the aisles at the Great Wall Supermarket, a grocery store chain.

But Jing Chun said she regretted not having a mask handy for the visit. Chun, a nurse, said friends have talked about eating at Korean restaurants instead of Chinese ones because of the coronavirus.

Sadi Balgobin, who isn’t from China, loaded up on fruits and vegetables at Great Wall, a regular stop for her. But she said she was careful to only select produce grown in the United States.

Meanwhile, several local Chinese Americans interviewed said they haven’t witnessed any increase in bias against Chinese Americans since the virus’ outbreak.

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Guillermo at the Oscars – Jimmy Kimmel Live

February 10th, 2020

The Oscars happened last night and all the stars were aligned on the red carpet. Guillermo was there once again to realign them with Regina King, Roman Griffin Davis, Archie Yates, Al Pacino, Bob Iger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laura Dern, Greta Gerwig, Renee Zellweger, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Beanie Feldstein, Bong Joon-Ho, Ray Romano, Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Dean Charles-Chapman, George MacKay, Mindy Kaling, Oscar Isaac, Sigourney Weaver, Harvey Keitel & Charlize Theron.

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Keanu’s Mommy Mix-Up, Leo’s Big Step & Blac Chyna at the Oscars? – “Nightly Pop” 02/10/20 | E! News – E! News

February 10th, 2020

Awkwaaard…Photo agencies identify Keanu Reeves’ mom as his girlfriend Alexandra. Plus, Leo brings Camila to the Oscars, but WTF is Blac Chyna doing there? Watch.

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Google Assistant continues slow growth in smart speaker market as Amazon dominates – 9to5Google

February 10th, 2020

Rage Against the Machine Are Coming to Portland for the First Time in Over Two Decades – Willamette Week

February 10th, 2020

In November, the rap-rock titans posted a photo of Chilean protestors on their Instagram with a caption that seemed to imply a few 2020 concerts leading up to their headlining gig at Coachella.

Today, the band announced a seven-month tour with dozens of stops, including one at the Moda Center in April.

The reunion ends a nine-year hiatus for the band, and a more than 20-year-long drought of Portland shows—the band hasn’t played here since 1997.

Rage’s openers for the tour are hardcore hip-hop duo Run the Jewels. Though hardly strangers to Portland, the duo last came to town two years ago, also playing Moda Center, then as the openers for Lorde.

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New report links social media use to mental distress in teens – CBS News

February 10th, 2020

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A new review of several studies shows the potentially harmful impact of social media use on teenagers. It confirms what many parents have long feared.

The results in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds social media use is linked to mental distress, self-harm and suicide. More than two hours of social media use a day is associated with higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts in girls.

In one study, girls reported feeling negative after 10 minutes of browsing Facebook. The more time, the greater the risk. It’s something 17-year-old Maya Behl can attest to. 

“I become more isolated when I’m on social media. Even though it’s supposed to be a connector, it’s honestly very isolating,” she said.

According to the review, kids who spend less time socializing in person are more vulnerable, and easy access to information about how to commit suicide online increases risk. Carol Deely’s 12-year-old son, Gabriel, took his life just over a year ago. Her organization, Gabriel’s Light, helps promote safe technology use.

“Kids can’t get away from all this peer pressure and I think its just terrible. I wouldn’t want to be a child right now,” Deely said.

Researchers said parents should talk to their kids about the risks of social media. Instead of banning it, they should limit screen time both for their kids, and themselves, to set a good example.

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