Phillip Schofield Breaks Down On 'This Morning' After Mum Talks About Daughter Being Cyberbullied
A lot of us won't understand the damage that can be caused by cyberbullying, as people rarely recognise it as a destructive force.
People will claim people affected by it should "grow a back bone", or "it's just a bit of banter", but for those that are on the receiving end of a keyboard warrior's tirades it's not as simple as that.
A mother who lost her daughter because of cyberbullies appeared on This Morning to talk to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about her daughter's devastating suicide, and it got to everyone.
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Nicola Evans wanted to raise awareness on the matter and reveal the final messages that led to 14-year-old Megan's suicide.
"The last messages was 'Why don't you hang yourself?'," Nicola told Phil and Holly. "And Megan replied, 'OK, I will."
Holly couldn't bring herself to speak on the matter due to being speechless, and when veteran presenter Phil tried to, he choked up.
Unfortunately no one was able to see that Megan was suffering, so no one was able to intervene to stop herself from killing herself.
"We're all distraught, and angry because no one noticed anything different with her," her mother said on This Morning. "Megan was bright, vivacious, hugely popular, sporty, confident, outgoing, fiercely independent, just a normal teenager.
"She was constantly on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram. It's part of the social makeup at the moment.
"There's a lot of pressure to be on social media. It's just the norm."
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Sadly Megan never got the chance to go and see her favourite singer, Justin Bieber, whom she had tickets to go and see later this year. Her parents got her the tickets for Christmas, and say that it was her dream to get some signed memorabilia off the Canadian.
Luckily, after starting a social media campaign to get Bieber to send a signed picture for Megan's funeral, he did.
"I never thought I would ever cry tears of happiness again - but I was wrong. Our beautiful, beautiful Megan will be looking down on us now, smiling from ear to ear, as her dream has come true."
Megan's funeral took place today.
It's important to know about cyberbullying, and recognising when it's happening to someone close to you.
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One in five people aged between 13 and 18 claim to be cyberbullied, and 11 percent of 15-16-year-olds have experienced it.
It can range from anything like threats and intimidation, harassment and stalking, defamation, publicly posting or sending on personal information about another person and manipulation, on platforms like text, email and on social networks.
If you want to learn more about cyberbullying, or if you know someone who might need help, visit Internet Matters here.
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