Meet Ryan Nixon, a 21 year old student from the UK who started the increasingly popular Facebook group, Bullying by Social Networking Awareness. Just started last October, the group already has nearly 3,000 members.
Taken from the group’s About page,
“BSNA’s aims are to support victims of cyber-bullying by: creating a forum for expression and connection for those afflicted; cultivating self-esteem in those affected; propagating awareness of the topic; and ultimately to elicit a positive response from the relevant parties.”
Before the holidays, I had emailed Ryan because I was interested in how and why he started such a fast-growing group. While I had been a member of the BSNA for some time, Ryan had posted a video on the group’s Facebook page which featured him talking to a round table of bullying experts in Northern Ireland about the need for bullying awareness and why he felt it was necessary to start an action group. I was blown away by Ryan’s humbleness and poise and wanted to know more about him.
Upon emailing Ryan, he sent me the kindest email back explaining how his own experiences with childhood trauma and being relentlessly bullied were the main inspirations behind his interest in bullying and anti-bullying awareness. As for the group he created, Ryan was specifically inspired by Amanda Todd’s story, which he explains here:
“I set up Bullying by Social Networking Awareness in response to Amanda Todd. Amanda’s story broke me as it was so sad. I thought at the beginning that 30-50 people would have joined by now however, it has exploded. I am really happy to help people because there wasn’t a service available for me when I was going through the pain. The response has been amazing and I think it is my time to do something to help prevent it. I do believe everything happens for a reason, this is my reason.”
I think one of the main reasons I am drawn to Ryan’s story is because of how honest and compassionate he has been with regard to how personal experiences have shaped his current engagements and the way he is choosing to live his life. I just think the world of him and all the good he is sharing with the world.
Please click here to find the Bullying by Social Networking Awareness Facebook group.
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