Celebrities Join Campaign Against Cyberbullying
TOWIE'S Billie Faiers, Twiggy, Pixie Lott and Michael Parkinson have been turned into goggle-eyed avatars for the first global virtual protest march against cyberbullying.
The Only Way Is Essex star who herself was a victim of cyberbullying said: "I am very proud to be a part of Beatbullying's The Big March 2012, it is such a brilliant way to get everyone together and stop bullying.
"When I was younger bullying only happened in the playground but now because of social media and technology children can also be victims of bullying when they are supposed to be safe and sound at home - there's no escape anymore.
"Cyberbullying is just as serious as face-to-face bullying. I have been a victim of cyberbullying myself and I know just how hurtful it can be.
The Big March 2012 will be held on 1st March 2012, when the avatars will hold placards and march in a line across the sites who sponsor and support the event.
At the end of the march, the avatars will assemble in Big March Park on the Beatbullying Big March website, where the petition will be delivered to a virtual UN building.
Emma-Jane Cross, CEO of Beatbullying, said: "Violence amongst young people across the world is at epidemic levels. We have a child protection crisis on our hands, and we have a duty as global citizens to unite and insist that world leaders, politicians, communities and families stand up and take action.
Thousands of young people have taken their own lives as a direct result of being bullied. This must stop. I believe that every child has the right to a life that is safe, dignified and free from violence and bullying. We're asking for the support of parents, teachers, young people, businesses and communities from all corners of the globe on The Big March 2012."
You can create your own avatar at the Beat Bullying website, and organisers hope that if 2 million people sign up, the march could last for 48 hours.