‘I remember feeling very sad and lonely. I thought there was something wrong with me. If you’re getting emotionally bullied no one else can see it and some people don’t take that seriously.’
Ffion Murray, from Cardiff, is urging victims of bullying not to let negative words define who they are as a person.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Wales at Six on Thursday 11th February.
The 17-year-old says: ‘I was bullied throughout school.
‘From the age of five until my last day I was talked about and made fun of.
‘I think schools try and ignore it because they want to show off a good image and so it got to a point where I realised it wasn’t going to change unless I did something.
‘I designed a poster with Fixers which is a word search; negative words are in bold and you have to look for the nice words.
‘I know how hard it is trying to be positive.’
Linda James from Bullies Out appears in the broadcast piece to support Ffion’s campaign and offer further information.
‘Ffion is absolutely right when she says that negative words stand out,’ she comments.
‘I don’t think bullying is taken seriously enough in Wales.
‘Young people tell us that emotional bullying is so much harder to get over than physical bullying because the words stay in your mind.’
You can view Ffion's Fixers posters by clicking on the image below.
Ffion adds: ‘When people look at my poster I hope that they will understand the message.
‘All those negative things other people can say do not define you; it’s the good stuff about yourself that you should believe.’
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