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Hannah defied father's Ask.fm ban
The father of a 14-year-old girl who ended her life after enduring months of online bullying had told his daughter to stop using a controversial website in the run-up to her death.
David Smith, whose daughter Hannah endured months of torment on the controversial question-and-answer website Ask.fm before being found hanged in her bedroom, told ITV's Daybreak programme that he had banned her from using the site but she had carried on in secret.
He said: "I had already told Hannah to stay off Ask.fm because the school actually sent a text out saying 'Keep your kids off Ask.fm'. I told her to stay off it, but with Ask.fm it's very difficult to find it on the computer anyway."
Her sister Jo, who discovered Hannah's body on August 2, said she herself had stopped using the website - which allows users to ask anonymous questions - after being called "horrible things" just months before her sister's death.
"I used it about four months ago and got called a slag and horrible things, so I stopped using it," she said. "I didn't really get very nice questions - there were no nice questions."
She added that Hannah had also kept her use of the site a secret from her big sister, setting up another Facebook account which she used as another way of accessing Ask.fm. Jo said: "She used a different Facebook (account) to what we could see - we couldn't see that one so we never knew."
The 16-year-old said she was struggling to cope with living in the family home after discovering her sister, while Mr Smith said the family sat crying during the nights following their loss.
Jo said: "It's just really scarred me for life. I cannot go upstairs any more because I just imagine how I saw her last. I just can't last in this house any more."
Mr Smith called for "new regulations" to govern social media sites to "stop these trolls doing what they are doing". He also criticised the anonymity afforded to online "trolls" by such sites and said "that needs to stop".
Hannah's sister added that she thought teenagers needed to be taught how to deal properly with abuse received online.