|S Korea Tries to Curb High-Suicide Rates|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Jun 5, 2012, 06:53 PM|
The South Korean government has just appointed a team of people to review the Internet to look out for suicide-related materials in efforts to reduce suicide rates.According to the BBC News, “the 100-strong group of watchdogs is made up of a cross-section of society, including students, housewives and mental health specialists.”
South Korea holds one of the highest suicide rates in the world, since 40 people take their own lives each day. The government insists that an increase of harmful web material stands as a major factor.
As reported by the BBC, “the watchdogs will monitor blogs and social media sites for any material that helps or encourages people to plan their own deaths. It is thought young people often trawl the Internet for companions with whom to make pacts.”
A spokesman for the Seoul city government said to Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, “suicide is no longer an individual problem but rather a social issue that we must all take part in to resolve.”
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