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Cornish Students 'Told To Kill Themselves'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 12th August 2013 (Updated 11:39am 13th August 2013)

Cornish students have told Pirate FM their mates have been told to kill themselves online.

It is after the death of Hannah Smith who was apparently targeted by bullies on Ask.fm.

The Latvian company has called in a law firm to check how it protects its users.

Georgia is sixteen and from St Ives.

She tells us she is ultra careful after her friends started getting messages: "A lot of people get anonymous questions - a lot of stuff that's really serious, like 'Go kill yourself' basically.

"Obviously it's your choice if you sign up to the website. You have to be aware that people will ask you stuff like that. It is really nasty some of the stuff that you see.

"I don't have an Ask.fm account. I do have Facebook. I make sure I update my privacy settings a lot so that I know that just my friends can see my photos and statuses and stuff. Nobody can contact me that I don't know."

One Duchy tech company is warning there is a huge gap between what parents and children know about the internet.

Andrew Davenport has set up Websafe Cornwall to try to stop a repeat of what happened to Hannah.

He said: "Internet technology is introduced to kids at a much, much younger age than it used to me. As a consequence they're learning quicker and faster than their parents. Even when they do try to introduce rules and restrictions the kids find a way around it. Unfortunately that's where that knowledge gap gets exposed.

"It is a case of educating parents about the dangers of such sites. Watch what the kids are doing. Become members of those sites and friends with the children as well so they can see what is going on."

He is offering free 90 minute sessions to help parents work out what they can do to keep their children safe.

You can find out more about the web sessions here.

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