Ian Thorpe will host a controversial new hidden camera documentary series exposing schoolyard bullying, to air on the ABC later this month.
“Bullied” the new social experiment that follows two high school students, bullied at schools.
The incidents, captured on hidden camera footage, shown to their parents, peers, school teachers and the bullies themselves.
“I have personal experience around the issue of bullying so I want to share my insights to help Australian kids,”
Ian shared during the series announcements last year.
The children involved in the series, based on a controversial Dutch format and filmed in Queensland schools.
Where filming is legal, with supporting teams of psychologists and bullying experts.
ReachOut is a youth mental health and support organisation that has partnered with the ABC for the series.
Their research found that close to one in four young people have been bullied in the last year.
The organisation surveyed 1000 Australians between the ages of 14-25.
22.9% of respondents reported having experienced verbal, physical, social or psychological bullying in the last 12 months.
52% of those people said the incidents occurred at school.
ReachOut CEO Jonathan Nicholas said they’ve worked with the ABC and Kids Helpline to develop an online bullying support portal.
This is to “make it easier for audiences to find the help that’s right for them – whether it be digital self-help, peer-to-peer forums, telephone counseling, or crisis support.”
The two-part series “Bullied” will screen on Tuesday, March 14. at 8.30 pm on ABC. Watch a preview of the show below:
Trailer for ‘Bullied’ hosted by Ian Thorp
If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
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