ONLINE BULLYING: WEEK TWO

Do The Right Thing is raising awareness about online bullying. Due to technologically advancing society, children have increased access to the internet. As a result, bullying can now affect every moment of a child’s life. This has had devastating effects, costing many children’s lives.

This week, Do The Right Thing will be speaking to Lucy. Lucy’s son Felix committed suicide in 2016 at the age of just 17, following years of abuse on social media. He experienced problems of exclusion in primary school, and it continued in to his senior school, where it moved online. He received hateful messages online, and attempted moving schools in order to find some sort of salvation. Sadly, the bullying continued and culminated in Felix taking his own life.

Lucy will join us in studio to talk about her son’s experience and her subsequent commitment to spreading kindness amongst the younger generation. Lucy, who is a nurse, is campaigning for children to receive adequate education at an early age about the importance of kindness and the damaging effect that bullying can have on the younger generation. She calls for parents to take more of an interest in what their children do online and to monitor their children’s social media accounts.

Lucy is a Place2Be ambassador. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity which places expert counsellors in UK schools in order to support children, parents and teachers.

To find out more about Place2Be, visit their website: www.place2be.org.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with the National Bullying Helpline, visit nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with ChildLine, visit www.childline.org.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with Bully Busters, visit bullybusters.org.uk

If you’d like to get in contact with Red Balloon, visit www.redballoonlearner.org

If you’d like to get in contact with The Diana Award, visit diana-award.org.uk/

If you’d like to get in contact with Anti-Bullying Pro, visit www.antibullyingpro.com/support-centre