The TLDR version:
A 14 year old girl in the UK committed suicide, seemingly as a result of constant abusive messages sent to her anonymously over ask.fm (similar to formspring or CM Answers or Yahoo Answers, except everything can be anonymous). In the aftermath, her father demanded the website reveal the names of all the people involved to the authorities. They did so reluctantly, because it turns out 98% of the hate messages she received were sent from her own computer. Only 4 other individual machines sent anything else, and they sent just a few compared to the total number received.
One more reminder that no matter how mature, intelligent or net savvy you think your kids are, you should ALWAYS be monitoring their net and phone usage. Her parents must be in Hell right now, even more so having learned that what they thought was the reason for her suicide, very likely was not, though it seems it may be a sign of her trying to deal with some very dark emotions that stem from somewhere.
It also brings to mind for me the different internet frauds I've encountered over time. Not the simple Am I Pregnate trolls we get here, but ones who invest serious time into online communities, building up an elaborate backstory, usually filled with misery, abuse, illness or all three. In the end they will "die", having some "trusted friend" pop up on the site to tell everyone, or they'll get caught out in one lie too many. The obvious reason is a need for attention, positive or negative, but bonus if it's positive, all these loving strangers embracing them and telling them how special and important they are.
Hannah Smith seems to have gone the opposite route, wanting to hear how horrible and worthless she was, for reasons nobody may ever know.
Why do people make it so easy for others to manipulate and use them online? That article includes info on one of the 4 people who did join in sending the messages, and he is now wracked with guilt, a stupid teenager who willingly went along with a virtual crowd, having no idea what the outcome would be (though in this day and age, he should have). Are we doing our children a disservice by allowing them to be so trusting online, and by doing the same ourselves?Answer Question
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