This 10-year-old girl has had to be put on 'suicide watch' thanks to vile Instagram poll
Social media is often a beautiful thing, connecting people from all over the world. But at other times, it can be utterly soul-destroying. This was proven recently when a 10-year-old girl who was put on suicide watch after a vile Instagram poll about her was launched by trolls.
Mia-Lili, a young girl from Norwich, Norfolk in England, was the victim of a vicious prank online, in which bullies asked social media users to rate her appearance. Uploading a photo of her to an Instagram poll, people were asked "Who thinks she is ugly" by trolls, who told voters to reply by tapping either "Hell ya" or "Hell nah".
Shockingly, it is thought that the account that set up the poll, named @puglife123456, was set up by bullies under Mia-Lili's name last month and it was only last week that the 10-year-old girl's parents were alerted to the page.
Her mother, Corrinia Bennett, immediately reported the poll to Instagram and the social media site's complaints department quickly removed it. But the damage was already done, with Mia-Lili soon after being put on suicide watch at home.
According to the 33-year-old mother-of-three, who was made aware about the post by a friend, Mia-Lili burst into tears when she saw the post. She said: "She cried so much she collapsed and her dad had to scoop her up off the floor. She hasn't stopped crying since and neither have I to be honest. We've had to put her on suicide watch at home. Her dad and I have to make sure someone is with her 24 hours a day because she keeps talking about ending it all. She had hairbands tied up in a hoop on her bed and I had to take them down because I was terrified what she might try to do."
She continued: "It's absolutely heartbreaking. I never thought I would be dealing with my daughter being a victim of cyberbullying at such a young age. They're still so innocent at this age. For someone to even think about being that malicious is horrendous."
After she became aware of the abhorrent poll, Mia-Lili reportedly felt so self-conscious that she didn't want to go to school anymore. However, after giving it some thought, she told her proud mother "I won't let them win" and went in to face her bullies. However, despite her brave attitude, the incident - which is being investigated by the Norfolk police - has obviously taken a large toll on Mia-Lili's self-esteem and mental health.
Speaking about the impact it has had on her ten-year-old child, Corriniahe stated: "We tell her she's beautiful all the time but she won't believe it... she has the kindest heart. She always gives homeless people her pocket money and if you ask her if she wants something from a shop she'll say she needs to get something for her dad and sisters first. It has completely destroyed her confidence, she's very self-conscious about the way she looks."
Mia-Lili, if you're reading this, you are beautiful - don't let the bullies win.