So far I see some great ideals here being expressed... but no really practical way to implement a system that would consistently improve matters.
For example, many seem to agree that the Internet and reality TV distance us from real trauma and in fact make it difficult for us to recognize. But how do we fix that? Ban Internet? Ban reality TV? Educate people? Educate them how?
There tends to be at least three sorts of people here: Those who will be responsible on their own; those who, if jolted a little, WANT to be responsible and will rise to the occasion; and those who either just don't get it when told or else don't WANT to get it. I consider the last group the more troublesome one... and how do you improve THAT group?
Most people also don't give a damn until someone they know or love gets hurt. That's just reality. This dad is calling for people to crack down on the Internet now -- but was he doing this before? No, because it didn't matter to him. And he thought his son was doing fine; he wasn't even aware that there was a problem. Yet obviously his son was struggling for a long time, to the point of other failed suicide attempts.
Should the father have been more clued in?
Is there a way to get more involved in matters BEFORE they reach this stage, so that we're not dependent on the kindness of faceless strangers and dubious friends?
I don't know the answers to this, or to the parental involvement here. Anyone can make mistakes. I am simply saying this is about something far bigger than just, "Why didn't people report an apparent suicide, especially if they logged in in the middle?" There are many reasons, good or bad, while it might have not been reported promptly.
How do we prevent the scenario from occurring altogether?