In the last two months, two young Irish women have been driven to suicide by online bullying and harassment.
Erin Gallagher, a 13-year-old girl, was found dead in her Donegal home last Saturday. This follows the suicide of 15-year-old Ciara Pugsley from Co. Leitrim.
Both young women had been harassed on the social media website, ask.fm – which allows users to ask and answer anonymous questions and comments.
The public response has sparked off a debate about social media, bullying and mental health across Ireland and abroad. The calls to action have ranged from asking schools to be more proactive against online bullying to online groups trying to shut down ask.fm.