13-Year-Old's Powerful Short Film Turns Cyberbullying On Its Head

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Cierra Bailey
An Irish teenager released an enlightening short film combating cyberbullying to coincide with Safer Internet Day.

In just two and a half minutes, 13-year-old filmmaker Luke Culhane shows us the damaging effects of cyberbullying in his new video.

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Culhane’s short film, “Create No Hate” was released in conjunction with Safer Internet Day, which is an event to promote online safety among young people coordinated in the United Kingdom by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

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"I have been cyberbullied myself and understand firsthand the impact it can have on a young person's self-esteem," Culhane reportedly told I Love Limerick.

"I felt Safer Internet Day was an appropriate time to release this video to create discussion around the issue," he added.

In the video, the Irish teen goes through a normal day while receiving notifications from various social media outlets from other users sending hurtful messages such as “You’re ugly” and “You’re fat and nobody likes you.” After reading each message, a physical wound appears on Culhane’s body including a black eye and a broken arm.

He promotes the action, “Stop, Block, Tell” to combat cyberbullying which asks Internet users to stop and think before posting something that may hurt someone, block and report people who are doing the bullying and tell a parent, guardian, or teacher if you feel you’re being cyberbullied.

Culhane’s powerful video shows viewers that words can hurt just as deeply as physical pain and therefore should be used wisely. 

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