This week, I was brainstorming on what to write for the Orlando Teen Counseling. I decided I wanted to find an inspirational video on YouTube about cutting and expand on that. Unfortunately, instead, I came across some disturbing videos about teens and self-harming.

Because I have worked with many teens that self-harm, I have heard stories about them finding people they can relate to on YouTube, being inspired through YouTube videos and even posting their own videos. My desire is to inform parents of what is out there and what is easily accessible to their children.

Popular YouTube Self-Harm Videos Include:

  • 36 Self Harm Scar Excuses
  • What to do if you cut too deep
  • How to cut deep (for bigger scars)
  • Real cutters vs. Fake Cutters
  • How to hide self-harm scars with makeup
  • Cut the pain away
  • How to self-harm
  • Covering self-harm without long sleeves
  • Self-Harm (Warning graphic content may be triggering)

The scariest part about these videos is that they have anywhere from 300,000 to 1,000,000 views. This is the newest outlet for teens to express their hurt and pain. Many of them share their story to get “comments” from other teens encouraging them, or just to get their feelings out in the open.

5 Things You Can Do

#1  As a parent, be very aware of what your child is posting and watching on YouTube.

#2 Check their Internet history.

#3 Have open communication with them about their feelings, emotions and behaviors.

#4 Find out what type of music, shows and movies they are into at the moment.

#5 Be involved in your teen’s life (and social media) as much as possible so that he or she is not seeking out guidance, help, or direction from YouTube or other unhealthy sources.

If you think or know that your child is self-harming, then call Orlando Self-Harm Counseling today at 407-622-1770 for a free 15-minute consultation or to schedule an appointment. Together, let’s give your child the healthy, positive support that he or she needs.

Author: DeAnn Maccloskey