Wednesday 18 October 2017

Watch - Powerful new anti-bullying film takes online comments into real world

The 'In Real Life' campaign was launched in the US this week

A still from the powerful video
A still from the powerful video

Sean Nolan

A powerful new anti-bullying campaign has been launched, with a film illustrating what happens when hurtful online comments are taken into the real world.

The US campaign, called 'In Real Life', was launched by Monica Lewinsky as she revealed the impact of bullying on her life to InStyle magazine.

"My own personal memories of being bullied (middle school, ugh) came long before Facebook and Twitter," she said. "Girls used their words, passed notes, spread rumors; I would cry in bed and tell my mother what happened.

"Now, kids (and childish adults) don’t have to pass notes and risk a slap on the wrist from a teacher. They don’t even have to work up the guts to say something mean to your face. They can create an anonymous screen name and call you fat. Or they can go by @POTUS," she added.

The video, which was shot with a mix of actors and real people on public streets, packs a serious punch and a serious message.

Lewinsky has become a strong voice against online bullying in recent years.

She delivered a famous TED talk calling for a kinder social media world where she described herself as “patient zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.”

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