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Teenager Hannah Smith killed herself because of online bullying, says father

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The father of a teenage girl who killed herself after being abused by bullies on a social networking site has called for it to be closed down.

 

Dave Smith said his daughter, Hannah, 14, died on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, after being "cyberbullied" on the question-and-answer website ask.fm, which allows users to send messages 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 "trolls" that he said drove his daughter to take her own life.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/06/hannah-smith-online-bullying

 

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This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard of. Why on earth would you care what anonymous people say to you online?

 

Do you remember a time where we kept the internet and real life separate? Where we were told repeatedly never to give out person details, use your real name, or provide any sort of information to ANYONE online? Nowadays its encouraged. You can find out where someone works, who their friends are, where they go to school without any effort at all. If you make all your personal details public and put yourself in a position where anonymous posters can talk to you then how can you not expect people to troll you?

 

Even as little as six or seven years ago if someone said they were being called names online the response would be "harden the fuck up". But no. Now everyone has to be a victim. If you sit and let what random people you don't know say get to you then Lord only knows how you'd cope in the real world.

 

To those trolls I say: Continue cleansing the gene pool of idiots, you are doing Gods work

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‘Hannah sent hate notes to herself’

 

the company has analysed the profiles of the senders of the bullying messages and concluded that Hannah had set up most of the anonymous identities herself and sent the vast majority of the messages.

 

“With the Hannah case, the company have looked at every identity — the IP addresses are trackable. She posted the anonymous things herself. The police has all that data,” a source claimed.

 

In private briefings last week, the company said “98%” of the messages had come from the same IP address as Hannah’s, with about four posts that had not.

 

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Tech/article1298958.ece

 

Scenario 1: Hannah sends herself abuse, then tries to fake a suicide, all in an attempt to get some attention. But she fails at failing to kill herself.

Scenario 2: Hannah sends herself abuse in order to get boys to rush to her defence. No one cares and so she kills herself.

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The poor girl must have suffered a lot.  But, in general, if you look at how seriously and personally adults on debating forums take the comments of anonymous posters, I'm not surprised children would do it.  The fact is that you do have quite a lot of interpersonal dialogue on these forums and sites, and you do get to feel that the other posters are very real people that do have importance in your life.  With children this will be all the more so.

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Its not surprising in this meaningless world, where everything is reduced to commodity and people substitute real relationships with an online pretend life, that crumbles so easily.  It is not by accident that our societies are full of such weak and damaged minds, they are a product of the society that we live in.  After so much and increasingly intensive assault, it is now humanity that is crumbling.  We need to find a way of strengthening people, so that they have the energy to live, and to resist!

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The poor girl must have suffered a lot.  But, in general, if you look at how seriously and personally adults on debating forums take the comments of anonymous posters, I'm not surprised children would do it.  The fact is that you do have quite a lot of interpersonal dialogue on these forums and sites, and you do get to feel that the other posters are very real people that do have importance in your life.  With children this will be all the more so.

 

The website in question is totally anonymous in that there are no user names at all, so there could be nothing personal to it. Moreover, none of the comments could be published unless she specifically allowed them.

 

But all of this is irrelevant since we now know that 98% of the messages came from her own computer.

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Its not surprising in this meaningless world, where everything is reduced to commodity and people substitute real relationships with an online pretend life, that crumbles so easily.  It is not by accident that our societies are full of such weak and damaged minds, they are a product of the society that we live in.  After so much and increasingly intensive assault, it is now humanity that is crumbling.  We need to find a way of strengthening people, so that they have the energy to live, and to resist!

 

100%. People these days are growing up with the mental resilience of a wet noodle. But its hard for a person to build mental resilience when they are bombarded with a stream of completely senseless information every second of their waking lives. The system makes sure you're always distracted. It makes sure you're fully absorbed. It's making sure your imagination withers, until it's about as useful as your appendix. It's making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the media always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat.

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This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard of. Why on earth would you care what anonymous people say to you online?

 

Do you remember a time where we kept the internet and real life separate? Where we were told repeatedly never to give out person details, use your real name, or provide any sort of information to ANYONE online? Nowadays its encouraged. You can find out where someone works, who their friends are, where they go to school without any effort at all. If you make all your personal details public and put yourself in a position where anonymous posters can talk to you then how can you not expect people to troll you?

 

Even as little as six or seven years ago if someone said they were being called names online the response would be "harden the fuck up". But no. Now everyone has to be a victim. If you sit and let what random people you don't know say get to you then Lord only knows how you'd cope in the real world.

 

To those trolls I say: Continue cleansing the gene pool of idiots, you are doing Gods work

Thank God,someone with sense.

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