Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Friday, 29 July 2011


I was pleased that my letter was published in today's Times. I don't often submit letters on serious topics but I was glad to get the opportunity to talk about internet forums.

Demons within

Sir, I wonder if the people who write the sort of abusive e-mails and letters that Matthew Parris refers to would repeat the words face-to-face (“Scrawls well . . .”, July 28). Poison pen letters have always existed but the internet, and particularly “forums”, seem to bring out the very worst in some individuals who can be as spiteful and vicious as they please while hiding behind a screen.
Perhaps, as Mr Parris says, “we all have something of the monster inside us”, but I like to think that some of us have less than others.
Deb Atkinson
Southport, Merseyside

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations once again! I must admit I did not notice this letter. I always look bottom right for a letter from you. I'll have to be more observant in future.