TROLL FREE DAY

Friday March 16th 2018

After seeing an increase in trolling and inexcusable online behaviour, Mel Greig created an initiative that will run on the National Day of Awareness against Bullying called Troll Free Day. For Mel, she has experienced the worst kind of trolling and wants to do everything she can to help combat it. Mel struggled to overcome the trolling and it played a big role in her falling into a deep depression, at first she believed everything that was being said to her.

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ABOUT TROLL FREE DAY

After seeing an increase in trolling and inexcusable online behaviour, Mel Greig created an initiative that will run on the National Day of Awareness against Bullying called Troll Free Day. For Mel, she has experienced the worst kind of trolling and wants to do everything she can to help combat it. Mel struggled to overcome the trolling and it played a big role in her falling into a deep depression, at first she believed everything that was being said to her.

MEL: “If, as an adult I struggled so extremely with it . . . how is a child supposed to understand and deal with online bullying? This is about everyone with a social media account.”

MEDIA SUPPORT

Troll Free Day has incredible support from the media every year and for the first time in Australia, one of the country’s most interactive opinion and news sites www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview disabled their comments for 24hrs.

Click here to read: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/sorry-trolls-but-were-switching-you-off/news-story/9e02671bf6ef1c3bd191a4173b422f4d

Grant Broadcasters airs a 1 hour radio special across 40 radio stations Australia wide with a reach of 2 million people. Troll Free Day also had the support from the biggest commercial radio networks in Australia who got involved online or by talking to Mel Greig on-air about the initiative.

TV Networks showed their support through various interviews and segments including Network 10's The Project, Channel 7's The Morning Show and The Daily Edition. To truly make a difference the power of media platforms plays a huge role in helping to raise awareness and start the conversation.

PRESS RELEASE 2018

Did you know that Australia is the Number One Country in the World for Cyber-Bullying? Enough is enough we have an epidemic on our hands and it’s getting worse. 1 in 4 children are cyber-bullied and it’s no coincidence that suicide is still the biggest killer of our young people.

I created Troll Free Day to raise awareness for cyber-bullying 4 years ago because once you’ve had a 10-year-old child look you in the eye and say they want to die . . . You can’t sit back and do nothing. That innocent little girl honestly believes that death is the better option than life . . . Now imagine if that was your child.

Over the past few months there has been a spike in the media coverage surrounding cyber-bullying after the nation was left distraught over the death of 14-year-old Dolly Everett, it’s tragic beyond words when a child feels that is the best option for them. But sadly, there are other young people like Dolly and there will be more, so what are we going to do about it?

Let’s be mindful too that it’s not one single factor that causes someone to suicide . . . it’s not one mean message . . . it’s the mental health issues that arise from the bullying and the constant negativity and abuse being hurled at you. I was a healthy and well-functioning 30-year-old when mine and other lives were ripped apart by the 2012 ‘Royal Prank Phone Call’ but what progressed from that was major depression and when you are feeling that low and someone tells you ‘To go kill yourself’ you start to believe it.

We are facing an epidemic and it’s time for action. Today is the National Day of Awareness against bullying and violence. We need legislation for tougher penalties against cyber-crime. We need zero tolerance in schools. We need more arrests. We need more action from social media companies. We need parents teaching empathy and kindness in our young. We need children to talk about what they are going through.

As adults we need to set a better example. It’s time to remind people that WORDS DO HURT. If you are watching your favourite reality TV show and you think someone on that show has done the wrong thing and is a horrible person . . . what gives you the right to abuse them? You need to know the difference between having an opinion and being abusive. But you think that person deserves it so it’s ok to call them a slut? Well how about you think about the child that just saw what you wrote and now thinks it’s appropriate to write that to someone in their class.

We all need to play our role in helping fix the epidemic that is Cyber-Bullying because it only gets worse from here. I won’t let a 10-year-old take their own life on my watch. What about you? Please help spread the word. Listen to the www.trollfreeday.com.au radio special and start the conversation. Download a meme from the site to remind people to be kind.

WHAT CAN I DO

Sit down with family, friends and work mates, and listen to the 1-hour Troll Free Day Radio Special. It will air across Australia on the majority of Grant Broadcasters' stations, where you can listen live at 3pm on Friday, March 16th 2018. The podcasts will also be available on the Radio Specials page on this site.

RADIO SPECIALS

Download one of the memes and post it on your social media accounts to show your support, encourage people to listen to the radio special at www.trollfreeday.com.au and to start the conversation.

If you or anyone you know is being bullied please seek help...