Depending on the study, it’s estimated that between 14%-24% of high school and college students have engaged in some form of self-harm behavior. The most common behavior is cutting.
A study just published in Pediatrics found more than 5,000 YouTube videos on self-harm. The authors studied 100 of these videos in one month and found they were viewed 2 million times. Some of the videos were documentaries and others were “how-to” videos. YouTube has a team of reviewers that are supposed to remove videos with “graphic content that encourage dangerous activities.” If these reviewers are monitoring videos, they may be catching just the tip of the iceberg.