Hannah Smith was bombarded with vile messages telling her to kill herself. Posts on the website Ask.fm told her to drink
A police investigation into the death of a 14-year-old found hanged in her bedroom uncovered no evidence that she was the
Pupils and teachers joined forces on Wednesday to pay tribute and remember a 14-year-old girl who committed suicide after
Jo Smith has revealed she has been left "scarred for life" after discovering the body of her cyberbullied sister two weeks
Purple and white balloons, onesies and messages of support lined the aisle of the church where teenager Hannah Smith's funeral
A Scottish teenager who killed himself was being blackmailed via Skype, thinking he was talking to a girl his age, his family
The critical thing which needs to be done is that parents, guardians, teachers and friends need to take more responsibility to protect individuals who are young (and vulnerable) to ensure that they do not receive any abuse. These people can act as the 'Watchdogs', but they must understand how the internet works...
Usually the month of August is referred to as the silly season. The political exploitation of 14-year-old schoolgirl Hannah Smith's suicide by both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers suggests we might have to rechristen it the sinister season. Even for a press like ours, with its many well-known moral lapses, the shroud-waving over Hannah's death marks a new low.
Schools also need to wake up to the fact that there is a strong need for that half hour PSHE lesson each week to include one of the most significant parts of a school pupils life. Making it clear to children that they can report online abuse to teachers, parents and if necessary the police, is vital. Caution needs to be encouraged.
If you receive a malicious phone call, would you demand that the phone company be banned? If you receive a malicious or threatening letter, would you demand that the postal service be shut down? The problem in cases like this isn't always the medium which is used, but the horrid and twisted people who carry out these disgusting acts.