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Boy suicide over 'web blackmail'

Police are investigating claims that a teenage boy from Fife killed himself after being targeted by online blackmailers. The 17-year-old is thought to have believed he was talking to a girl and then been threatened for money over the footage.

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NSPCC: Boy's death 'first real case of web extortion'

The NSPCC said the death of 17-year-old Daniel Perry appears to be "the first time we have really seen extortion happening, via the internet, of a young person".

NSPCC policy analyst Claire Lilley continued: "Children and young people love the internet to learn, explore and connect with people like them all over the world.

The NSPCC said children need to learn not everyone is who they say they are on the internet. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

"But it's about teaching them that not everyone is who they say they are and teaching them how to respect one another in terms of their behaviour online."

If you are in distress and need some support, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 90 90 or click here for their website. For those in the Republic of Ireland 1850 60 90 90.

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