"Ronan's death is a cold reminder of the fragility of life and how precious are children are to us," he added. "We need to be protective of them and proactive to give them the ability to make informed decisions."
Ronan had told his parents about the cyber-bullying before his death, BelfastLive reported. The incident had also been reported to police.
Hundreds showed up to the teenager’s funeral. Father Benny Fee spoke at the burial, saying, "Ronan did not take his own life but his life was taken from him, and somewhere in the world, maybe far, far away from Clonoe, is a man, a woman or a gang who are guilty of a heinous crime."
“People took advantage of his youth and his beauty," Fee continued. "They exploited him and they broke him. And if they could do it to him, they could do it to anyone. May God forgive them.”
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Ronan's family reportedly plans to launch a campaign aimed to preventing a similar tragedy. Details of the online safety campaign will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Superintendent Mike Baird, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) issued suggestions of how to avoid similar online scams.
Here are his tips, courtesy of BelfastLive:
• Don’t share personal information or images with people you don’t know;
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• Don’t accept friend requests with someone you don’t know;
• Set your privacy settings on all devices;
• Don’t post anything online that you are not happy to be shared;
• If someone has made you feel uncomfortable or you have had disturbing interaction online, tell someone you trust.
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