103 – How a class eight student used WhatsApp, YouTube to torture his family

 

Kollam: Burnt out electrical cables, malfunctioning appliances and abusive and predictive WhatsApp messages are just a few of the bizarre experiences a family has had over the past few months in the Kottarakkala region of southern Kerala, police said. intervened and the culprit turned out to be a family member – a 14-year-old boy. The obvious question that comes to mind is why did he do it all and where did he get that knowledge? .

According to police, the boy himself was unable to give a satisfactory answer to the first question, and when asked he just said he liked him. Police said they obtained all of their information and knowledge from the popular social media platform YouTube.

The boy’s aunt, who recently returned from the Gulf, said she had received a WhatsApp message from her mother’s number saying the TV was exploding or the wiring was on fire, police said. Occur.

However, some of these are exaggerated, senior police officers told PTI.

The burning of electrical wiring and damage to the television occurred long before she returned to India, and she never received a message about it.

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The message she received was that the fan in her room would stop now, or the lights there would go out, or the water in the overhead tank would soon spill over, the same from the mains power box, the cop said. said.

The teenager has also sent messages containing abusive and inappropriate language, and when asked who texted her, he mentions the name of her husband, whose relationship has been strained.

The boy also left a Bluetooth dongle at home that belonged to his aunt’s husband to get him involved in everything that happened.

When the family filed a police complaint and Cybercell investigated the matter, they found that the cell phone was with him every time the boy’s grandmother’s phone sent messages.

“The phone search history revealed that the teenagers were looking for information and videos about phone hacking, appliance damage, phone unlocking, abusive and inappropriate content, and more.”

He went on to say that a teenager’s behavior is not that of a child his age, but that of someone much older, and this is due to the negative effects of unsupervised use of cell phones and the Internet.