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Kids are kids, but today's kids are one step ahead; 'getting' the technology.

Everyone knew the classroom bullies, but no matter what kind of pounding you got, physically, mentally or socially, home time meant safety. Fast forward and more bullies suddenly appear. Social media begets social isolation through the currency of cowardice - the characteristic of the bully. Poisoned cyber darts, instantaneously release their venom. Young victims, unable to kick the social media narcotic, are sitting targets.

Carly, 13, plain, shy, alone in her bedroom, looked down at her smartphone on the floor. . took one step ahead... off the chair...

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    Drew Martyn over 4 years ago

    Not much gets me angry but I lose it when it comes to bullying, it's one of the least noticed elements of young lives, particularly these days. Phenomenally powerful and superbly constructed Neville, this should be compulsory reading in all schools. I honestly can't praise this highly enough.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    Thank you Drew and Beverley. Drew, that is such a wonderful comment; I am overwhelmed. I worry for the young ones in my own family.

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    Alex Munro over 4 years ago

    A highly accurate portrayal of how society has changed and how bullying has adapted accordingly. A wolf changes it's fur but not it's nature, sadly. I never saw the ending coming. Powerful.

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    Neville Hunt over 4 years ago

    Thanks very much Alex. It was prompted by a discussion on BBC Radio4 yesterday. It's all pretty heartbreaking.

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    D.M. over 4 years ago

    I echo the praise. Back in grade school I faced the bully after school with a small group of spectators. 'Got the snot kicked out of me, but that was the end of it.
    With technology it goes wide and far. It's the whole world as audience.Sad.

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