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'No Escape' Radio star Adrian Kennedy 'glad' he was bullied in the 1980s instead of 2021

The Irish journalist and radio presenter was highly praised this week for opening up about his experience with bullying on Newstalk.

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Adrian Kennedy

Adrian Kennedy

Broadcaster Adrian Kennedy has said that kids in 2021 have “no escape” from bullying because of social media.

The Irish journalist and radio presenter was highly praised this week for opening up about his experience with bullying during his teenage years as part of Newstalk’s Stand Up to Bullying Campaign.

Adrian told sundayworld.com that he’s “very happy” that his story has resonated with so many people.

“We got a huge reaction,” he said.

“A lot of people were surprised to hear a man presenting a radio show sharing his story of being bullied as a teenager and the effect that it’s had on him and his career.

“I’m very happy that it’s being talked about and I’m very happy that it’s gotten a bit of traction.

“I’ve spoken about [being bullied] before but this week it seemed to get a bit of attention because Newstalk is running a Stand Up to Bullying campaign and I just happened to be presenting on Newstalk this week.

“The reason I love this Stand Up to Bullying campaign is that I would love for young kids who are picking on other kids to realise the effects they can have on them.”

Adrian also admitted that he’s “glad” that he isn’t a teenager today, as bullying can now follow kids home from school with social media.

He said: “What scares me the most is that same kid in 2021 in Ireland who’s being bullied isn’t just being bullied in school now. He’s being bullied when he gets home. It’s never-ending.

“When I was that age, I was able to escape, I was able to get home, I was able to do my radio thing, and it didn’t start again until I went back to school on Monday.”

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He said that parents have a responsibility to monitor their kids’ internet usage to protect them from bullying.

“Kids now don’t have any escape and that really worries me. A lot of it has to do with parents and parents having some control over what their kids are doing when they come home from school.

“I’m glad I was bullied back in the 1980s rather than today and that says something,” he added.

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