There has been a very perplexing development in the tragic case of Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from the UK, who committed suicide after receiving cruel and harassing messages – including to ”drink bleach” and ”die” – on the social media site Ask.fm . Put simply this is a site which allows users to anonymously question and answer others and has led to cruel taunts and bullying.
Recently Melbourne Age reported the very disturbing news that, ‘In an inquiry into the matter, Ask.fm has uncovered that 98 per cent of the abusive messages sent to Hannah came from the same IP address as her own computer. Only four of the abusive comments came from other IP addresses.’
The thought that social media websites could be used by teens to self-harm is both shocking and baffling, yet when you consider that it is the medium of choice for teens to express themselves it is perhaps more understandable than first thought. Read more in this fascinating article Digital Self-Harm