Parents urged to keep kids offline to avoid Christchurch shooter's horrific video

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
Parents have been encouraged to monitor their children’s use of the internet in the wake of the shock shooting at a Christchurch mosque on Friday, which has left several dead. Photo: AAP

Parents have been encouraged to monitor their children’s use of the internet in the wake of the shock shooting at a Christchurch mosque on Friday, which has left several dead.

Many Twitter users have pointed out just how easily accessible the shooter’s livestream video of the attack is online, with it having been re-uploaded on various social media platforms.

Despite the shooter’s Twitter account being suspended, the horrifying footage has been shared on other Twitter accounts, Facebook and Youtube.

Watch what your kids are watching. The FB livestream is now on YouTube and popping up on multiple streams. #Christchurch,” wrote one person on Twitter.



Just saw a vid that is allegedly from the shooter’s POV in Christchurch. Do not watch it, it’s horrible. Probably best to kick your kids off of all their online devices,” penned another. 

Given the viral nature of the internet and the enormity of the attack, the video has already appeared on many young people’s newsfeeds.

“This is disgusting. That video has been posted on Twitter. My heart breaks for Christchurch. I feel sick.Do not share that video, already reports of kids having watched it (sic),” wrote a Twitter user. 


On Friday the gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, with multiple people confirmed dead.

Hundreds of people were inside the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosques in Hagley Park when at least one gunman started open firing during prayers.

In the wake of the shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as one of the “darkest days in New Zealand’s history”.

Police speaking to locals following the attack. Photo: AAP

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