“I’ve made a noose Mel and it belongs around your neck, I can’t wait to watch you take your last breath.”
“I’m going to gut you like the pig that you are.”
“Eye for an eye, I’m coming for you and your mum.”
“You are a fat ugly whore, I’m going to show your husband what he really deserves to have.”
I’ve been through the worst trolling imaginable, every day for two years
For me I started to believe it, when I was struggling with depression and people were telling me that I deserved to die. I actually started to believe what these invisible people were saying to me and I let them control my thought process. I’m an adult with resilience. So it shouldn’t be too hard to understand why suicide is the biggest killer of our young people.
One in five children are being cyber-bullied and they don’t have the resilience or understanding of how to deal with it. In fact, new statistics came out this week that shocked the nation… Suicide is at its highest rate in 13 years with someone committing suicide every three hours.
I want you to stop for a second and picture this… that someone said those things to you, or your friend or your child… constantly.
Have you ever had an 11-year-old look you in the eye and tell you they want to die? That they believe they are ugly and that they should in fact kill themselves after being instructed to do so by a gutless person online?
I have and I have to give those kids a voice, we all do. We need to set a better example online and we need to show them the bigger picture, that there is more to life than just school and social media.
This isn’t just about children though, this is anyone with a social media account. Out of thousands of calls made to the Bully Zero Australia Foundation helpline, 80 per cent of those were complaining about online behaviour and these calls were not only from children it was adults and employers trying to stop online bullying. That’s an increase of 40 per cent over 12 months.