The leading children’s charity the NSPCC have called for young people to speak out over online abuse, after the suicide of Coalisland teenager Ronan Hughes.
A spokesperson for charity said: “This is an awful case where Ronan felt like he had no other option but to end his life. The cruel nature of cyberbullying allows perpetrators to remain anonymous and hide behind their screens.
“Cyberbullying is a huge concern and the 24-hour nature of the internet and devices young people use mean they can feel like there’s no escape.
“The almost constant harassment can leave them feeling increasingly desperate and isolated. This issue must be tackled - we must ensure young people have the confidence to speak out against this abuse, so that they don’t feel isolated and without anywhere to turn.
“It is important that young people know that if they need somebody to talk to, they can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk. ChildLine has established links with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and can help young people under 18 years old, to get certain online images removed.
“Any adult who is worried about a child or needs help and advice can contact the NSPCC’s helpline on 0808 800 5000.”