Lydia Bright reveals how she was almost going to quit showbiz due to online trolls! Government to make laws to check trolls!
Former TOWIE star Lydia Bright revealed that online trolls nearly made her quit showbiz when she was 18. This comes amidst the news that the government is making plans to make stringent laws to force social network owners to check on what content is poured online by their social media users.
Lydia Bright and her recent revelation
Actress Lydia Bright revealed that she was trolled badly when she was 18 and nearly quit the show business. Lydia was speaking on Tuesday night at the HELLO! to Kindness event on which she was a panelist. Lydia said that she was do severely affect Ted by those trolls that she had, almost made up her mind to quit acting. It was the help of the psychologists employed by the production company of TOWIE that saved her and she learned how to ignore bullies.
The panel discussion was held at Apple’s studios. Lydia said:
“I was the victim of severe Twitter abuse when I first started on TOWIE,”
“I was only 18 and when I first started Twitter was just starting too and I was playing myself and people had opinions on that and they weren’t thinking about things before they put it out there.”
“I knew I’d taken this job role on where I was putting myself out there but I was not ready for the abuse that I got at the beginning. TOWIE at its height was getting 1.3 million views, and some weeks I’d be getting 50,000 tweets an hour. Sometimes they were really against me. I struggled – I was young, I was new to the industry, it really did affect me. At times I thought I really couldn’t do this anymore. It was supposed to be the best time in my life and I was given the opportunity of a lifetime and instead, strangers who I’ve never met were completely ruining my experience.”
Dr. Dawn Harper, co-panelist and his experience
On the panel were also Dr. Dawn Harper, technical expert David Phelan, editor of Hello!, and anti-bullying ambassador Tessy Ojo. Dr. Dawn stated that the number of women and Young people no seeking help for mental problems is on the rise. She said:
“I see a huge amount of young people with mental health issues, way more than I did when I first started general practice 25 years ago. And I have no doubt that social media has a massive impact on that.”
Lydia admitted that it was due to the wonderful psychologists that she managed to bounce back in life. Lydia added that family support also matters. She said:
“I had a lot of support around me. Part of The Only Way is Essex’s obligation is that there psychiatrists there to help us with that, I had my family, but I do often think about young people who don’t have that. People need to thing before they do these things, because when you’re young you really take it on board.”
Tessy Ojo stresses human values
Tessy Ojo emphasized that life values play a great role in the prevention of such acts. He said:
“Think before you speak and show respect. One of our quick slogans is, ‘How would your grandma feel if she saw what you’d posted?’ These are messages that are true for everyone, both young and old.”
Earlier in the day, Margot James, Minister for Digital had announced that their government will soon be releasing an Online Harms White Paper which will lay out clear expectations and guidelines for online companies on how to check on such trolls. They will be required to check and remove such vicious online content on their website and also ensure the safety of social media users, especially children, young people, and vulnerable adults. David Phelan noted:
“From a technological point of view things are a lot better than they’ve ever been,”
A short bio on Lydia Bright
Lydia Bright is an English actress and Television personality. She appeared on the popular television series ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. Additionally, she also has a clothing and accessory shop called Bella Sorella. More bio…
Source: Hello magazine