Beating the bullies

Beating the bullies: Natalie Farzaneh
Beating the bullies: Natalie Farzaneh Photo: ITV News

A teenager has spoken out about her ordeal at the hands of cyberbullies as latest figures show around a third of all teenagers have experienced it.

Natalie Farzaneh, from York, has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being subjected to horrific messages online urging her to commit suicide.

She only took to social networking sites after years of bullying in school. But she says the best thing she did was tell teachers at her school, who sorted the problem almost immediately.

Now Natalie has become an ambassador for the Beat Bullying campaign and says she hopes her experience will inspire others.

Her story comes as no surprise to the charity NSPCC. Bullying, and in particular Cyber-bullying, is one of its top priorities.

It's just launched a new campaign in the North East, taking its Childline service into primary schools.

A primary school pupil listens to what the Childline Volunteers have to say
A primary school pupil listens to what the Childline Volunteers have to say Credit: ITV News

Volunteers will speak directly with youngsters and hold special assemblies, telling them about the help on offer. They will also hold a series of workshops.

On hand to launch the project was Alan Shearer, a patron for the NSPCC, who says that as a parent he knows the importance of giving youngsters someone to talk to.

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