Sunday 25 September 2016

WATCH: Young Limerick pupil makes powerful stand against cyber bullying

Published 09/02/2016 | 08:29

A 13-year-old YouTuber has taken a stance against online bullies in a moving new video as part of Safer Internet Day.

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Limerick native Luke Culhane published his video 'Create No Hate' yesterday, which shows him in physical pain when he receives cruel messages from cyber bullies.

Luke in a still from his video.
Luke in a still from his video.

The 1st year student told I Love Limerick that the short video takes inspiration from his real life dealings with cyber bullies.

"I have been cyberbullied myself and understand first hand the impact it can have on a young persons self esteem," he said.

"I wanted to do something to speak out against it and I wanted to use a medium that I am passionate about such as filmmaking. I felt the Safer Internet Day was an appropriate time to do it to it and create discussion around the issue.”

Luke spent days planning and initiating the video, which is part of an EU-wide initiative to encourage safer and responsible use of the Internet, especially for younger people.

"I felt that “Safer Internet Day” was an appropriate time to release this video to create discussion around the issue," he said.

" I wanted to show that it doesn’t have to be physical bullying to hurt someone so that’s why I showed the likeness between the two types of bullying."

You can watch more of Luke's videos on his YouTube channel here. For more information on Safer Internet Day, click here.

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