On 6 February 2014 Chelsee Healey, 25 year old fashion icon, Waterloo Road actress and Strictly Come Dancing celebrity, stepped off a train in London to be immediately surrounded by paparazzi.
‘Looking b-lush’ and very much a ‘fashion hit’ in her soft pink coat and matching jumper, reported Mail Online.
There was much speculation as to what was on her mind and where she was heading. It’s unlikely that followers of celebs considered the possibility that Chelsee was on her way to discuss cyber-bullying with Christine Pratt from Abbey Meads in Swindon, below, founder of the National Bullying Helpline which has set up an eCrime initiative with its own standalone website.
Chelsee, who has been a target of considerable cyber-bullying has agreed to become an ambassador of eCrime-action.co.uk, to spread the word about the pernicious impact of bullying online and what victims can do about it.
Christine exclusively told Swindon Link: “We are so pleased to have Chelsee working with us. She told me that she did not know where to turn when she was being attacked online and really suffered for it.
“As a hugely successful and talented artist and role model, Chelsee is publically taking a stand against online abuse and leading the way for others to say the internet should be made safe against online abuse."
The National Bullying Helpline has been helping people under virtual attack for a couple of years. Due to an increase over the last year related to cyber bullying, and in response to the rising high level of child suicides as a result of cyber bullying, the helpline decided to set up www.eCRIME-action.co.uk as a one stop portal for help.
Before Christmas the volunteers operating the site worked with the police to locate a 15 year old girl threatening to commit suicide on a social media site. She is now safe. In February 2014 they responded to a case where a child was self-harming after being cyber-bullied.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) are backing eCRIME-action so that police station staff and call centres across the UK can refer people with cyber bullying related concerns to www.eCRIME-action.co.uk
Art students from New College Swindon and Marlborough College are currently designing promotional material for the site to be distributed to police stations across Britain. This will take the pressure off the police, freeing them up to deal with more urgent, life threatening, cases.
Christine said: “Cyber bullying is a 21st Century problem of epic proportions without a 21st Century solution.
"Our aim at www.eCRIME-action.co.uk is to explain what eCrime is, what individuals can do about it, and to draw attention to social media operators and government policy makers to the pernicious effects it has.
"We’re so pleased that Chelsee is backing e-Crime action. She’s so aware of the detrimental effect internet abuse can have and is extremely passionate about our work to spread awareness and increase political attention towards cyber-bullying, and to provide advice and support to individuals."
See a YouTube video from the eCrime site
The Rt Hon DAVID CAMERON MP: "Stamping out bullying in the workplace and elsewhere is a vital objective. Not only can bullying make people’s lives a misery, but it harms business and wider society too. So I congratulate the National Bullying Helpline for its efforts to give practical support to those being bullied, and to make bullying a thing of the past". (Christine Pratt writes: David Cameron wrote this for the National Bullying Helpline before he became Prime Minister. We are extremely grateful to him for his ongoing support of our work).