Friday March 18th 2016 is the National Day against Bullying and Violence. To coincide with what is the biggest day in the bullying calendar in Australia Mel Greig established ‘Troll Free Day’. The aim of this initiative is to create awareness and help combat cyber bullying. As an Ambassador for Bully Zero Australia Foundation, Mel Greig knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of horrific trolling.
The relentless negative comments, attacks and demeaning comments had a huge impact on Mel for over 2 years, but thankfully she had the resilience and courage to step up, stand up and say enough is enough! She’s now on a mission to empower and educate others about the dangers of cyber bullying.
“This isn’t about me, this is about anyone that has a social media account or anyone that uses online applications for a source of information. This is about young children who are constantly cyber bullied, Australians whether they are in the spotlight or not are disgustingly abused and often don’t know where to go or what to do.”
For 24 hours people will be encouraged to take a stand against cyber bullying, they can do this by downloading our message from www.trollfreeday.com.au and then post it to their accounts.
For 24 hours News and Gossip sites will be encouraged to disable their comments, this is not common practice in Australia as sites rely too heavily on interaction from their readers. This is taking away the power from the Trolls, it’s also encouraging people to have a social detox and it’s about making people think about their actions. News Corps opinion site ‘RendezView’ will be the first in Australia to take a stand.
“Our site has a particularly high volume of reader comments, with an average of more than 100 comments per column. Given RendezView attracts far more comments than most other news and opinion sites in Australia, the decision to disable our comments for 24 hours was not something we took lightly. That people are so keen to participate in the discussion is something we very much welcome at RendezView but we are also very mindful of the vitriolic tone that can creep into some comments, particularly when directed at female columnists. We hope that by disabling our comments for 24 hours we can remind people that while all opinions and views are welcome, cruel and personal attacks are unnecessary.”
“We’re here to change the culture of how children use technology and that starts with education. Last year a new legislation was passed and we have the authority to bring down serious cyber-bullying material. We are here to protect the young people of Australia and we support Troll Free Day.”
“Social media is such a fabulous concept but it’s also now the most dangerous in our society today, it’s about anonymity when it’s cruel and it’s a matter of ‘when’ you are abused in the spotlight and it then that comes down to how you react. Don’t punish yourself by reading it, it comes down to your character and having the strength to walk away.”
“Imagine a world where every day you are faced with constant bullying, a gang-like tumble weed of hate-even being told to commit suicide. Daily. This is the reality that our children face, with many people in the spotlight having a social media account it is not uncommon that these are statements that have now become a part of daily life. With the effects of online trolling taking its toll on lives daily. This is a movement that I want to be a part of. Troll Free Day – Take a stand.”
“In the past 18 months our free 24/7 hotline has saved more than 64 lives, if you are being bullied and need someone to speak to please call our 1800 0BULLY (1800 028 559) we encourage Australians from all walks of life to engage in troll free day and demonstrate their zero tolerance. I congratulate Ambassador Mel Greig for coming up with a great initiative.”
Troll Free Day coincides with an initiative with the Bully Zero Australia Foundation and they have resources available for anyone currently affected by trolling that would like to seek help, or if you’d like to make a donation to continue their hard work you can do so at www.trollfreeday.com.au
For more information on Troll Free Day or to interview the people or celebrities involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org