The father of a teenage girl who killed herself after being bullied online has called on the British Prime Minister to look at social networking websites where users can be anonymous to try to prevent another tragedy.
Dave Smith said his 14-year-old daughter Hannah died last Friday after being “cyberbullied” on the question-and-answer website ask.fm, which allows users to send messages to one another without their identity being disclosed.
He is urging the authorities to close down the site, and those like it, after stumbling across cruel taunts from so-called “trolls” which he said drove his daughter to take her own life.
He has appealed to David Cameron to put regulations in place that will protect vulnerable people from online bullies.
Speaking from his home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, 45-year-old Mr Smith told the Leicester Mercury: “Websites like this are bullying websites because people can be anonymous.
“If I had not spoken up about this, another teenager could be dead next week.
“Ask.fm and sites like these are making millions out of people’s misery and it is wrong.
“I would appeal to David Cameron as a Prime Minister and a father to look at this to make sure these sites are properly regulated so bullying of vulnerable people like my daughter cannot take place.
“I don’t want other parents to go through what I am going through.”
13-year-old Erin Gallagher from Donegal also died by suicide following claims she was being bullied on the Ask.fm site.
Her sister Shannon took her own life less than two months after this
According to the
Ciara Pugsley, a 15-year-old from Leitrim also died by suicide following taunts on the ask.fm website.
Her father has been part of an
Meanwhile ask.fm said the suicide of a Hannah Smith is a "true tragedy".
A spokesperson said that it will co-operate with police after the 14-year-old was apparently targeted on their site.