by In Wales
Thu Aug 15th, 2013 at 12:03:38 PM EST
Cyberbullying: Cameron Writes To Victim's Dad
David Cameron has written a letter to the father of a teenage girl who killed herself after she was bulled on the controversial website Ask.fm.
Mr Cameron sent the personal letter to David Smith after his 14-year-old daughter Hannah was found dead two weeks ago at her home in Lutterworth.
The Prime Minister insisted legislation exists to deal with online trolls, the Daily Mirror reported.
Mr Cameron said he was grateful "as a parent" to David Smith for highlighting the problem of bullying on social sites.
Who is responsible, Government or the online communities themselves?
Cameron has been criticised for the Government not doing enough to tackle cyber bullying. He defends against that by stating that there is legislation in this area already.
But the crucial question in my mind is what about those people that are part of websites, forums and online communities? What should their role be in stamping out and challenging those who are abusive online?
We are all familiar with trolls and shit stirrers, ET has seen them come and go and with the rare exception of occasional flare ups, they tend to be dealt with fairly before any crisis point occurs. I'm not referring to 'robust' and challenging debate but to outright personal attacks and bullying behaviour. If any individual was overtly abusive, I have faith in the community here to challenge that, regardless of the stance of Editors.
Yet we live in times where everyone seems to be fair game for abuse, and when one starts, others enjoy piling in on top. Magazines and tabloids target and tear apart celebs and wannabes for their failings, citing that they are only providing for public demand. People do exactly the same thing to each other 'in real life'.
People engage in public bitching and rumour mongering on each other's facebook pages, attack complete strangers on forums. How do people reach the point where they feel it is ok to attack and for others to let them?
Where does responsibility ultimately lie?