A father whose 14-year-old daughter took her own life has called for parents to be able to access their children’s social media accounts after they die.
Mariano Janin believes his daughter Mia saw bullying messages on her phone the night before her death in March last year. He said: “I just need to have closure to find out what happened. We need to do what we can to avoid this happening again.”
Bereaved parents have struggled to gain access to their children’s accounts without a court order. Thirty-seven charities, including the NSPCC, Barnardo’s and Save the Children, have asked for a clause on the issue to be added to the Online Safety Bill, which is going through parliament.
A pre-inquest hearing at North London coroner’s