A PAIR of South Tyneside teenagers are campaigning for a controversial social networking site to be shut down.
Callum Carr and Kate Little, from South Shields, say that Ask.fm has played a role in the suspected suicides of too many young people.
The site - which has been linked to at least four teenage deaths in the past year - allows users to anonymously post questions and messages to people, and has been used for bullying.
The latest user to take her life after being taunted on the website was Hannah Smith.
The 14-year-old, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was found hanged in her bedroom earlier this month after being subjected to a barrage of online abuse.
Now, Callum and Kate, both 15, are calling on Ask.fm bosses to shut it down, as well as offering advice to people who are being bullied.
Callum said: “When you first go on the website, it seems nice, and people pay you compliments and just ask you nice questions, but it’s quickly turned into anonymous people posting awful things and bullying people.”
Kate added: “If you are being bullied, just tell someone. Tell your parents or a teacher, and come off the website - shut it down and don’t go back on it.
“Even if you feel like you want to, just don’t. It’s not worth it.”
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