Filthy teen chat site
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.
In Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States, MSN's chat rooms will stay open, but users will need to participate in at least one paid MSN service, ensuring that Microsoft has users' credit card numbers and other personal information on file in the event of abuse.
She placed more emphasis on expanding your horizons than on safety. “Are you ready to embark on a mission to learn about the expansive range of sexual expression? The chat abbreviations that Levine lists — like ASAP and LOL — now seem so obvious that it is hard to remember that they once needed defining. Decent webcam technology and the bandwidth needed to transmit high-quality images were still a few years off.
Microsoft announced this morning that, to reduce criminal exploitation of children, pornographic spam, and other inappropriate uses, the company will shut down its free MSN chat rooms in Asia, Europe, and Latin America and will limit the service in Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the United States.
Pro-suicide websites and chat rooms have been implicated in the deaths of at least 16 young people in the UK in the past few years.
One of the victims was Simon Kelly, an 18-year-old with no apparent problems, or so his parents thought.
Mr Kelly is determined to help stop others suffering the same fate: "I'm looking to prevent future sorrows and tragedies.