Work has started on a Newcastle Fixer’s website, which offers support to victims of cyber bullying.
After falling prey to online bullying himself, 18-year-old Anthony Howie’s Fixers project will provide young people in similar situations a place to seek help.
The site will offer advice for victims of cyber bullying, tips on how to safely use the web, and will give users guidance on how to help someone who may be a target of online abuse.
Through his Fixers project, Anthony hopes to make young web-users aware of the potential risks and dangers they face from online predators, ‘trolls’, bullies and hackers.
The website will also include illustrations depicting a variety of scenarios victims of cyber bullying could experience and what they may be feeling.
'I thought a website was the perfect way to offer help to people,’ Anthony explains.
‘It can be very lonely when you are experiencing cyber bullying. That’s why we wanted to make a website that was inviting for young people to visit and where they could get genuine advice and support.’
In addition to online bullying, Anthony plans to raise awareness about keeping personal information - such as bank details - safe and secure while using the internet.
‘If we can help just a few people that would be better than doing nothing at all,' Anthony says.
‘I’ve found working with Fixers to be a great experience. They really seem to understand the seriousness of certain issues and the best way to tackle them.’