A young woman from Swindon who was bullied online by her own friends is determined to show how cyber-bullying can ruin lives and even lead to suicide.
Her story was featured on ITV News West Country in November 2012.
Sophie Thorne (17), from Swindon, began experiencing cyber-bullying last year over the internet and via text messaging.
The bullying - which started at school - continued to follow Sophie through to her college in Swindon. The regular abuse lowered Sophie's self-esteem so much that she self-harmed.
Thanks to support from her family and the school and college, action is now being taken against the bullies. However, Sophie wants to continue to raise awareness of this 'faceless' type of crime.
In order to raise awareness of the issue, Sophie is making an animated film to be screened across Swindon in order to make people aware of cyber-bullying and ensure them there is no reason to feel ashamed about being bullied.
Also involved in the project is fellow cyber-bullying victim and Swindon Youth MP Carney Bonner (18) who was on set to share his experiences of cyber-bullying with Sophie, and to support her campaign.
Watch Sophie's Fixers animation 'Speak Up' by clicking here.
If you would like to run a workshop to raise awareness of cyber-bullying with a group of young people, take a look at Sophie's lesson plan, presentation and role playing exercises.
Scroll down for some of the shots from the shoot. Thanks to Madeleine Booth-Howe for providing the photographs.
The action moves outside for some distance shots of Sophie
Sophie checking her phone once more, still being pursued by the bullies
The action continues outside with this close-up of Sophie reading abusive messages
One scene in the film sees Sophie talking to fellow cyber-bullying victim, Carney Bonner (18)
With the shoot over, there's enough time for Carney and Sophie to share a picture
For further information, help, and advice on cyber-bullying, click the following links:
Kidscape - Offers advice and support for bullied children and their parents Stop Cyber-Bullying - Information for victims of cyber-bullying, and information for those who may be caring for people who are experiencing it. Childline - Free, confidential advice for cyber-bullying sufferers
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