game of thrones’ maisie williams explores cyberbullying
In a new Channel 4 drama, Cyberbully, Maisie Williams goes deeper into the dangers of the internet.
With the leaked celebrity nudes scandal, the recent Sony hacks and the fact that over half the kids using social media in 2014 admitted that they have experienced online bullying, it's clear that when people can hide behind a computer screen, online crime and harassment is still a very real problem.
Anyone with an online profile is leaving the door open for bullies to walk in and most likely everyone you know is on Facebook. Even Harry Styles has teared up over online trolls. Now Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams explores the dangers lurking on the internet in a one-off, Channel 4 drama, Cyberbully. "Through hacking and whatever, people can take anything that you've written, anything you've recorded, pictures you've taken, anything like that, and they can turn it into something you never meant it to be," Maisie explains in an interview with Channel 4. "Really, anyone with the power of their computer taken away from them and used against them, even the nicest and most genuine of people can be portrayed as something they're not."
With almost 800,000 followers on Twitter and 700,000 on Instagram, it's sadly not surprising that 17-year-old Maisie has also been the target of cyber bullies. "Yeah, of course," she says when asked if she's experienced it, "trolling is the biggest thing that anyone faces, and it's easy to dismiss, but it does hurt. As much as we like to say we don't care, of course we do."
Cyberbully airs at 9pm tomorrow, Thursday 15th January on Channel 4. Here's a preview of what's to come…
Text Felicity Kinsella
Photography Jamie Hawkesworth
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