Your head up and belief in yourself’
Former victim now advises others how to cope
telling you to end it.
“And you do not know what these people are capable of. Sometimes when you see them in person it is almost as if nothing has happened.
“If I’m honest, I went downhill before I went uphill. I started self-harming. I was hospitalised. I basically gave the bullies what they wanted.
“Then every day I woke up and gave myself one reason to believe in myself. They would say I’m fat – I knew I was, so I did something about it. I put myself on a diet and did exercise.
“But the best thing is to ignore them. You have to keep your head held up and believe in who you are. Even though things are dragging you down, you have to keep positive.”
After years of torment and exasperation at the intrusive element of sites such as Facebook, she has now deleted all of her personal accounts.
“I have had them all – Facebook, Twitter, Bebo – and I deleted them all about six months ago just because of the drama.
“Everyone knows everyone’s business when you are on a social media site – nothing is secret and it is easy for people to prey on you.”
The woman says children who she works with often report incidents of cyber bullying to her.
She added: “The only thing we can advise is to report it to Facebook and get it taken down.
“We look at the statement and say how pathetic and make sure that person knows they are not what the bully says.”