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Posted On: 31st Oct 2012

Sophie on ITV Meridian News

Fixer Sophie Thorne

A teenager who self-harmed after persistent cyber-bullying from her own friends is raising awareness of this 'faceless' crime. 

 

Sophie Thorne (17), from Swindon, experienced abuse via text messaging and the internet through her school and college life.

 

Her story - which has been featured on ITV Meridian Tonight news - shows the nature of cyber-bullying, and how harmful electronic messages can be.

 

"People seem to think that because they are not hurling the abuse at someone's face that it is not as offensive," said Sophie. "But it can destroy lives. It leaves you feeling very unconfident and small.

 

"The bullying can be at any hour of any day because there are so many ways to bully someone through technology."

 

Sophie is creating an animated film to be screened across Swindon which highlights the effects of cyber-bullying to stop young people becoming so distressed with bullying that they turn to suicide.

 

Please click the links below to find out more information on Sophie and her project.

 

 

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