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Online videos showing troubling trend

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Videos on one popular website could be giving your teens a dangerous lesson on dealing with their emotions.

"The internet can sometimes serve as a how-to-guide for a lot of things," says Cristina Shaw with St. Bernard's Counseling Center. And it's not always beneficial, a Canadian study recently found several websites like www.Youtube.com featuring images and videos of teens cutting and harming themselves.

"When these things are posted on the internet they (teens) may be more likely to act on those behaviors," says Shaw.

She says self-injury behavior can come in a lot of shapes and forms whether it's cutting, burning, or pulling out hair. Shaw says the videos may encourage other kids to try it.

"They're like, well if it's posted on the internet, and other kids my age are doing this, it can't be that bad," says Shaw. But she emphasizes, it's not something to take lightly, and can have dangerous results.

"Sometimes patients get to the point where they have sores or lesions that just aren't healing. They get so infected to the point where they need medical attention," she says.

Shaw says research shows roughly 14 to 24 percent of children, teens, and young adults engage in non-suicidal self-injury. She says the behavior is often triggered by depression, and the videos only encourage the behavior.

"Exposure to this on the internet can definitely serve as a trigger. For individuals who are suffering emotionally, it can kind of give them a sense of peace, a sense of comfort," Shaw says.

Parents if you have a child who you suspect is suffering from cutting or self-injury behavior..."It's imperative that you get medical attention as soon as possible and get that child into therapy because they need the help," says Shaw.

Shaw adds it's important to take any signs of self-injury very seriously, and to talk to your child to help find the right way to cope with their emotions.  For more information, just go to www.selfinjury.com

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