I have mixed feelings on this topic. Yes, her suicide was tragic but she made some very bad choices that lead to bullying/cyber-bullying. Deso, I concur with you 210%. She could have closed those social media accounts and maybe create a new one with higher privacy settings if she desired to pursue a new online social life (it can be done, it's a pain in the rear but it's possible).
It's a shame that teens feel the need to do such promiscuous acts to get attention and it's also a shame that teens feel such a dependency on social websites such as Facebook for validation.
I think it's criminal that there were all these other options available to her to try to start a life anew and nobody had the good sense to think of these and try to implement them.
Please feel free to correct me if I've gotten some information wrong, I've only heard of the case and read a little about it. There's no way that I can take all aspects into consideration and jump to any sort of reasonable conclusion.
I find some of these suggestions to be sad.
If I'm getting bullied on Facebook I should just suck it up, cancel the account, or change my online ID? I see those suggestions as suffering in silence, solitary confinement, or joining the witness protection. I may be misunderstanding your suggestion, but cancelling Facebook cuts the person off from much more than her bullies. Maybe she plays Cafe World and doesn't want her food to burn. Maybe she has relatives in other countries she likes to keep in the loop. Why should anyone stop using a social website legally because others are using it illegally? I say kick the bullies off Facebook so their victims can use it in peace.
But that really isn't the point of the Todd case. She didn't flash to get attention from her peers and fail. She was lured into a trap by a 32 year old man who was known for being a child preditor (and is still not convicted as a child preditor to my knowledge) when she was 13 years old. Todd flashed the webcam for him, was blackmailed to keep the pictures secret if she did what he said, didn't do what the man wanted (which was basically more of the same), and had her picture was spread all over the internet for not bending to his will. I've been busy since I read up on the case a few days ago, so I hope he actually was charged for his crimes against Todd since I last read an article about the case.
I don't know if that corrects anything you're wrong about or if you are wrong about anything to begin with. But I don't think Todd flashed to get attention in the sense of becoming more popular among her peers. I think she flashed because she was testing the boundries of a more adult monogamous relationship and trying to get more attention from that one person. In short, she was trying to be a good girlfriend and got it wrong like most of us do throughout our lives.
What a lot of people are calling a mistake I see as normal sexual exploration that was exploted by a child preditor.