Calif. girl: I was online to talk to pals, grieve

ELLIOT SPAGAT
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, Hannah Anderson arrives at the Boll Weevil restaurant for a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for her family, in Lakeside, Calif. Hannah's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, whose body was found near the remains of her 8-year-old son at a family friend's rural house, died of a blunt injury to the head, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said. Anderson, 44, was found dead Aug. 4 when firefighters extinguished flames at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who is accused of murdering her and her son and kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter Hannah. DiMaggio was killed six days later in an FBI shootout in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah Anderson was rescued and returned to California. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Howard Lipin, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The 16-year-old California girl who was kidnapped by a family friend and later rescued says she first went online to talk about her ordeal because that's how she and her friends communicate the most.

Authorities say Hannah Anderson was kidnapped by family friend James Lee DiMaggio after he killed her mother and brother Aug. 4 at his house east of San Diego. She was rescued days later and DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with federal agents.

After her rescue, Anderson answered questions on social media, a choice that some questioned given her ordeal and subsequent media scrutiny. But she has a straightforward answer about why she did: She says, "I'm a teenager."

She also says it helps her grieve to talk to friends.

Anderson gave her first news interview to NBC's "Today" show. It aired Thursday.