A 14-YEAR-OLD girl killed herself after being bullied by vile internet trolls for a notorious social networking site. Hannah Smith was found dead on Friday, August 2, 2013 after being sent abusive messages within the popular site Ask.fm.
The teen is believed to have hung herself after being taunted around the interest-based question and answer website. Sickening messages telling the youngster to “drink bleach” and “go get cancer” were left for my child profile page, in line with other users.
One day before she killed herself, Hannah, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, posted scenes message for my child Facebook page which read: “You think that you should die, but in reality you desire to be saved.” Her devastated parents posted the heartbreaking news online, back with her father Dave Smith writing on his Facebook page: “My heart is broken in 2 and is gonna have a very long time necessary repairs I merely hope that none of you have to go through the pain I’m going through rite now and love u all.”
Ask.fm, which launched 2010, may be heavily criticized by anti-bullying charities because the social networking site allows users to post anonymous comments or questions – often of a sexual or insulting nature – to the pages of kids as young as 13. The notorious social netwroking website continues to be described by child safety experts as a ‘stalker’s paradise’.
An internet based petition has become set-up criticizing the website and demanding so that it is turned off. Hannah’s stepmother Deb, 41, posted onto it: “We have been behind you on getting this vile website de-activate………..my beautiful step daughter Hannah Smith tragically took her lifetime immediately , we have since found out she had been bullied on Ask.fm.”
It’s actually not the very first time a young person has took his or her life after being trolled one specific. Josh Unsworth, 15, from Lancashire, had endured months of abusive messages on his profile and is discovered hanged in her parent’s garden in April. Not too long ago, Irish teens Ciara Pugsley, 15, from Leitrim and Erin Gallagher, 13, from Donegal, took their own lives after being exposed to anonymous bullying on the social networking site.
The controversial Latvian-based website became one around the globe~s most popular social networking site after its newly released official smartphone app became a tremendous online hit.
Campaign group Harborough Against bullying Midlands said: “We were saddened now to hear on the girl of only 14 taking her lifetime. She had been bullied. Our heart felt system is together with her loved ones at this tragic time.” The petition says cyber-bullying can be an increasing issue in the UK and states: “Cyber-Bullying may be an ever increasing problem in the UK to get a quite a bit of time with one of the largest offenders becoming Ask.Fm, a niche site popular among young people where posts can be produced with certainty anonymously containing triggered bullying, mental health issues and suicides together with grooming. They could join in the age of 13 and will post anonymously. There is no option to block other users and only a fundamental ‘report’ button.”