Young and foolish, 12-year old Shevaun Pennington found a friend online and decided that what he had to offer was more exciting than the boys in school.
She joins a long line of other children who have met people in chat rooms or over e-mail and been persuaded to turn an online friendship into a real-world one, with consequences that will terrify any parent.
They returned home from a holiday to discover that their son had hanged himself.
His father, Paul Kelly, has been campaigning since his son's death, five years ago, to close down pro-suicide chat rooms and websites.
New understanding Certainly, parents need to be aware of what their children are doing online, but none of us is perfect and always alert to danger.
We can restrict their access, or install safety software, but our kids also need space to grow up, privacy from even their parents, and a sense that they are trusted.
Chat rooms have always been popular spots for flirting with the opposite sex.
Mr Kelly is determined to help stop others suffering the same fate: "I'm looking to prevent future sorrows and tragedies.
People will continue to die as the result of suicide chat rooms unless something is done." Simon is one of many young people whose deaths have been linked to suicide websites in recent years the most recent was a 13-year-old girl in Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire.
One of the unfortunate realities of chat rooms is that sexual talk -- sometimes harmless, sometimes explicit -- often appears in rooms that have nothing to do with dating, sex or relationships.
If you're going to spend a lot of time in chat rooms, you have to learn to ignore all the noise and concentrate on your own conversations.