Maisie Williams wants to teach internet trolls some manners

Maisie Williams has revealed she tries to teach internet trolls their manners on Twitter.

The Game Of Thrones actress, who stars as a teenage girl battling an anonymous cyber-stalker in Channel 4′s new drama Cyber Bully, admitted she has faced bullying online through anonymous question-and-answer sites such as Formspring.

She explained: “Trolling is the biggest thing that anyone faces, and it’s easy to dismiss, but it does hurt. As much as we like to say we don’t care, of course we do. You may feel at times you’re completely alone, you’re completely isolated. I’ve been there.”

But now the 17-year-old – best known for playing Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy series, Game Of Thrones – stands up to trolls on Twitter and chastises them for their rude behaviour.

“People always say that I’m crazy on Twitter for trying to teach manners on the internet. Just in my followers, not on the internet in general,” she revealed. “And I sit there and think, ‘Well, why? Why is that crazy? You’re just a person sat behind a computer screen just like I am.’

“People have just assumed this kind of, ‘Yeah it’s just the internet innit.’ They’ve assumed this back seat role, and I think actually we can do something about it. I don’t want Twitter to be that sort of place.”

Maisie hopes others will take more of a stand, calling on parents to be less “technophobic” and understand their children’s lives on the internet.

“People turn a blind eye to stuff like that until someone… goes too far. Instead of running away from these issues they should be tackled and parents should be getting involved,” she added.

However, she was realistic about her prospects, adding: “I’m one girl, I’m never going to clean the internet up.”

Cyber Bully will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on January 15.

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