KATIE Price has said that sick trolls “get a kick” out of being named and shamed for the vile comments they make about her disabled son Harvey.
The 42-year-old star appeared on This Morning today to discuss online trolling, having launched Harvey’s Law in 2017 – which petitions for keyboard warriors to have harsher consequences for posting abuse online.
She was a guest alongside the family of five-year-old Britain’s Got Talent star Christian, who was born with cerebral palsy and won the hearts of the nation when he appeared in the Sign Along With Us Choir last year.
His heartbroken loved ones told how they receive abuse online that says Christian “should have been aborted” – and even threatening to kill him.
Sharing her disgust at the story, Katie told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “I’ve got a new campaign coming out this week because it has to stop.
“I’d love to go and meet some of these trolls, it’s something I’d want to do – ask them what goes through their head, why would they want to sit there and make these comments and videos? What are they getting out of it?”
Harvey was born with various disabilities[/caption]
Calling for every social media account to require an official ID upon signing up, the mother-of-five continued: “At the moment, they can close you down but you can open another account and just start using again.
“And I think the more you say it hurts… Sometimes it just encourages them. Especially when I have named and shamed a few of them, I think they get a kick out of it.
“That is why I am doing what I am doing – as soon as something is in place, as soon as these trolls know that you will get fined or put on a register, or you could even go to prison and get a criminal record, I do think it will slow down.
Katie said that trolls get a ‘kick out of’ being called out[/caption]
Katie’s oldest child Harvey, 18, was born with a series of disabilities, including ADHD, autism, genetic condition Prader-Willi Syndrome and septo-optic dysplasia, which causes blindness – and has been victim to cruel abuse for years.
She launched Harvey’s Law in 2017[/caption]
Harvey is Katie’s oldest child[/caption]
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She has called for the “virtual bullying” to be stamped out with a new law, which would see social media users have to hand over details to end anonymous abuse.
Katie has also called for abusers to be “named and shamed” on a register where employers can check for improper behaviour online.