In the wake of this tragic event, we’d like to take a moment to remind our community of the many resources available to individuals dealing with cyberbullying and online harassment. We understand that the internet can be a very tough place to navigate, and we want you to know that you are not alone in dealing with issues of privacy and harassment. If you or someone you know is at risk, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. We also encourage you to visit YouTube’s Help & Safety Center to learn about tools to deal with abuse and harassment online.
Finally, check out the It Gets Better Project, a venue for individuals to share and hear stories from the LGBT community about the difficulties of coming out in what can be an often judgmental society.
We hope you take some time to think carefully about your responsibilities to yourselves and to the online community as you continue to use YouTube and other social media websites. Remember that public videos can have many unintended consequences - as a result, we encourage you to consider the possible effects your videos and comments may have on the people around you.