#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | ‘Online bullying took my son and now I’m being targeted’ – Mum calls for stronger laws against online abuse

A mum whose son tragically took his own life after being subjected to cyber bullying is now being targeted by online trolls herself.

Nikki Moody, of New Waltham, says she has been targeted by trolls for at least a month – and has even been threatened by them.

She says three women have made roughly 45 videos about her on TikTok – calling her names, accusing her of things and threatening her by saying they know where she lives.

Nikki Moody, of New Waltham, says she has been targeted by trolls for at least a month – and has even been threatened by them

Nikki has reported the incidents to Humberside Police but says more needs to be done to protect people online.

She said: “There’s no support for people being targeted by trolls online – and there’s nothing to deter them from doing it.”

Almost seven years have passed since Nikki’s son, Callum Moody-Chapman, took his own life – and she says “it changes but it doesn’t get any easier”.

Almost seven years have passed since Nikki’s son, Callum Moody-Chapman, took his own life – and she says “it changes but it doesn’t get any easier”

Callum, 17, was sadly found dead on a beach in Cumbria in December 2013, two days after he went missing from a relative’s home.

An inquest into his death heard how the much-loved teenager from Holton-le-Clay killed himself after receiving violent threats from another boy on Facebook over a girl.

His tormentor pleaded guilty to assault – following an altercation between the two boys – and an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.

He was subjected to an eight-month referral order, a form of contract with a youth offender panel.

Callum, 17, was sadly found dead on a beach in Cumbria in December 2013, two days after he went missing from a relative’s home

Nikki said: “He practically walked away – he just got an anger management order.

“It’s not enough. The law needs updating. The Malicious Communications Act was published in 1988 – before much of the internet was even invented.

“There needs to be harder punishments for people who abuse others online, especially when they cause a person to take their own life.”

Nikki originally signed up to TikTok to relieve boredom during the UK lockdown. She started uploading “silly videos” of herself dancing along to her favourite songs.

Nikki Moody and Kev Chapman, the parents of Callum Moody-Chapman, who sadly took his own life in December 2013 after being the victim of cyber bullying

Almost 800 million people have a TikTok account worldwide – and users can upload short clips of themselves lip-syncing or dancing along to songs.

Other choose to recreate ‘trends’, such as the Celebrity Lookalike Challenge, the Level Up Challenge or the Plank Challenge.

However Nikki decided to switch up her usual content to provide people with a reminder about the dangers of social media.

Callum’s family gathered at his plaque in Maryport Cemetery, Cumbria, to mark what would have been his 18th birthday in 2014

She said: “I have been trying to bring some good from Callum’s death.

“I did a serious video on TikTok about people abusing others online – trying to highlight what is going on and it is only getting worse.”

But Nikki says she has been subjected to online abuse over her videos and interactions on the app.

She said: “One woman has uploaded 29 videos about me, another has uploaded 15 to 16 and another woman has uploaded two.

Nikki switched up her usual TikTok content to provide people with a reminder about the dangers of social media. Pictured, Callum Moody-Chapman

Nikki has blocked and deleted the people abusing her – but says their videos still “pop up” online or are sent to her direct.

“My video about Callum has been viewed more than 40,000 times,” said Nikki.

“I have had people message in saying they’ve been through the same thing, or they managed to stop their child before it was too late.

Nikki is urging people to support a government petition to ‘strengthen laws against online abuse and harassment’. Pictured, Callum Moody-Chapman

“I have made friends online and I don’t want to have to pack it all in because of the trolls.”

Nikki is urging people to support a petition to strengthen laws against online abuse and harassment.

Click here to read more and sign the petition.

  • Once the petition has been signed by 10,000 people, the government will respond to it.
  • Once it has reached 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.




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