A FURIOUS mum has told how she has had to place her daughter on “suicide watch” after Instagram bullies used her picture in an “ugly or not” poll.
Mia-Lili Bennett, 10, told her parents Corrinia Bennet, 33, and John Bennett, 42, how she wanted to “end it all” after seeing her image on the social media site.
A photo of Mia-Lili’s face was used in the post along with the words “who thinks she ugly” — to which 53 per cent responded “hell ya”.
Vile social media bullies created an account called puglife123456 under Mia-Lili’s name to post the survey on June 2 and a family friend alerted Corrinia to its existence last Tuesday.
The mum of three, who lives in a city called Norwich, in the UK’s Norfolk, claims she immediately reported the poll to Instagram.
Bosses at the social media site have now removed the post.
Corrinia then faced the task of showing Mia-Lili the post to find out if she knew about it — however she was unaware and was left in floods of tears.
Corrinia, customer experience assistant at a bookmakers, said: “I was made aware that this post had been going round by a friend. I reported it straight away and so did a few other people.
“Instagram were really good and they have taken it down.
“But the next day I needed to wake up my daughter and ask her about it. I didn’t want to show her but I needed to know what had been going on.
“She saw the post and just started crying. 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.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking. I never thought I would be dealing with my daughter being a victim of cyber bullying at such a young age. They’re still so innocent at this age.
“Even though you’re always going to be there for your kids when something happens, you don’t expect something this evil to happen. It’s horrible.
“For someone to even think about being that malicious is horrendous.
“It has completely destroyed her confidence, she’s very self-conscious about the way she looks. We tell her she’s beautiful all the time but she won’t believe it.
“After it happened, Mia-Lili felt so self-conscious she didn’t want to go to school anymore but she went on Friday and she told me, ‘I won’t let them win’. I’m so proud of her.
“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.
“She’s so willing to open her heart to people. Even if they’re horrible to her she calls them her friends. I don’t understand why they can’t treat her with the same kindness.”
The mum also contacted local police to report the cyber bullying and says they were “brilliant” at consoling Mia-Lili.
A spokesman for local police Norfolk Constabulary confirmed the investigation is still ongoing, and Corrinia is now urging all parents to watch their children’s internet activity more diligently.
She said: “When Mia-Lili told me she had set up an Instagram account, I told her straight away it needed to be taken down and uninstalled as she’s not old enough yet.
“She did what I asked like she normally does and took it down. We didn’t hear anything else of it until we heard about the poll.
“Kids don’t know how to set their accounts to private so it’s all public and someone got hold of her photo.
“I reported it to the police and they have been brilliant. They told Mia-Lili it’s not her fault because she has been blaming herself, she thinks it’s her fault for setting up an account.
“She has been the victim of severe bullying before. The kids used to rub her tummy and call her fat. We used to live in London and we moved to Norwich for a fresh start.
“We had finally got her confidence back up but now it is completely gone again.
“Her dad has been so strong for her, he always is in these situations. And her little sister Lexi-May is so angry for her. We’re doing our best to have as much family time as possible.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun.
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