KATIE Price launched an online petition earlier this year in a bid to make internet bullying a criminal offence.
The mum-of-five’s own disabled son Harvey has been targeted by vile trolls on social media, so she is determined to act. But how is Katie getting on and when will it be debated in Parliament?
What was Katie Price’s online bulling petition?
Katie, a mum-of-five, started a petition for the Government earlier this year in a bid to make online bullying a crime.
The issue is close to her heart, as her teenage son Harvey, who has a number of disabilities, has been a repeated victim of sick online trolls.
Katie has previously spoken about some of the insults that had been hurled at the youngster and she is determined to do all she can to stamp it out.
Titled ‘Make online abuse a specific criminal offence and create a register of offenders’, Katie launched the petition in the hope of one day making online bullies pay for their actions.
She said: “Trolling is a major problem in this day and age.
“People of all ages and background suffer every day, including my family – especially my son Harvey.
“I have tried my best to expose people and even had two arrested but nothing was done and there were no repercussions or penalties for this behaviour.”
When will the petition go to Parliament?
Petitions that receive 100,000 signatures or more will automatically be considered for debate in the Houses Of Parliament.
Katie’s petition was signed by a whopping 221,914 people before it was closed.
It had been expected to remain open until September 2017, however it was closed in May because of the General Election.
Katie is still waiting for a date for the petition to be debated in Parliament, however the Government has already responded.
The Department for Media, Culture and Sport said: “We recognise that behaviour that is not tolerated offline is now common online.
“DCMS is working on an Internet Safety Strategy which aims to make the UK a safer place for young people to be online.”
The reply did however state that the Government believes their “current legal approach is the right one”. The full response can be read here.
What happened to Katie Price’s son Harvey?
Katie’s disabled son Harvey has been a repeated target for cruel trolls online, who have posted hurtful comments about the 15-year-old on social media.
Mark Williams, 30, taunted the innocent teen in a string of horrific messages sent to Katie, 39.
He was later outed by The Sun as the troll behind the vile posts about Harvey after Katie appealed for help tracking down the person responsible.
She wanted to name and shame the sick individual behind the cruel social media messages, and shared a number of videos on her Instagram page.
The Loose Women panellist began her campaign to find Williams by tweeting screenshots of his posts. She wrote: “Caught out!! Another bully on our hands. Anyone know this guy??”
The images, which are too disgusting to show on a family website, were racist and mocked Harvey’s disabilities.
After he was unmasked by The Sun, Williams was sacked from his job at a window manufacturers in Stockton-on-Tees.
In September 2017 videos emerged of cricket ace Ben Stokes drunkenly mocking Harvey.
Katie Price branded the cricketer “disgusting” after the videos emerged as he was seen drunkenly poking fun at Harvey’s appearance on ITV’s Loose Women last year.
The 15-year-old, who is blind and autistic, accidentally shouted “c***” when asked how he reacts to bullies.
A friend said: “Katie only became aware of this video this afternoon when it appeared online, but she’s very upset by it.
“She is extremely protective of Harvey, as any mother would be, and has always made it clear that she finds any jokes about him totally unacceptable.
“She’s got no idea who Ben Stokes is, and she’s never met him, so it’s outrageous that he would want to ridicule her son like this.
“He doesn’t deserve this, and especially not from a man who is in the public eye who should be setting an example to other people.”