Online gaming is nothing new. Today's teenagers have grown up with the capability to speak to other players while they compete in a virtual world.

But it's this very technology which appears to have been used for something much more sinister.

Ruth Crockett claims her 19-year-old son Joel, who had Asperger's syndrome syndrome was blackmailed and bullied as naked images of him were shared online.

She found him dead in his room.

Ruth wants the law changed so it's easier to get evidence if someone's abused through a games console

  • Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner has this report:

If you have been affected by the above report, there are a number of free helplines available to help:


Samaritans – for everyone Call 116 123 Email

Papyrus – for people under 35 Call 0800 068 41 41 – Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm Text 07786 209697 Email

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Childline – for children and young people under 19 Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill

The Silver Line – for older people Call 0800 4 70 80 90

The Martin Gallier Project Runs Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Suicide First Aid) in the New Ferry area of The Wirral. Get in touch via the website.