A Cumbrian entrepreneur has spoken out during the Cornavirus crisis as he stresses individuals may feel like they don’t have somebody to talk to when they are targeted by online trolls; however, he says people should ‘reach out.’
In a world where social media surrounds us all, it can become a hotspot for internet bullying. 7 in 10 young people have experienced cyberbullying and 26% of those young people have reported feeling suicidal according to the Ditch The Label Survey in 2019.
Oliver Hodgson of Gosforth spoke out: “You hear of celebrities and public figures being victims of internet trolling, however it doesn’t just happen to those with a following it happens to us all, and those who fall victim to this kind of bullying should know that there is help out there and that you are not alone.
“It sure is great to be able to connect with friends and family and all the other amazing aspects of social media, however, it can become a very toxic place if you mismanage who you ‘allow in’ and I won’t lie the most diminutive comments have gotten me down in the past.
“As a lot of us find ourselves with spare time at the moment which may well be spent on the internet and social media, we must all ensure we are looking out for one another and not allowing toxic and derogatory comments get to us in a way it affects our daily lives and takes a toll on our relationships with family and friends.
“Think about who you are letting in, and who you are granting easy access to contacting you. Try to not let any sort of derogatory comments and actions take a toll on your wellbeing”
“If you do experience bullying online or through other means please reach out and chat with a relative, a friend or just someone you can trust.
“Be you, be amazing and be who you want to be.”
For anyone who needs further support or just somebody to chat with you can contact the Samaritans by texting or calling 116 123 or email [email protected]