Lighthouse International Group, Paul Stephen Waugh Speaks To ITV News About Internet Trolls

Updated: Feb 10

Head Mentor Paul Stephen Waugh contributes to debate about online anonymity through our Parents Against Trolls initiative

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“Do you know where this outrage comes from? Where you sit down with someone and you feel one billion per cent helpless because they’ve lost their child to online trolling. They don’t want to live for the rest of their life like that. They can’t see a reason, they can’t see the next day.

And to hear the noise that a parent makes, you don't want to hear that pain, that noise. You don't want to hear it, you will not sleep well for the rest of your life. You don’t want to hear the screams of a parent, you don’t want to hear the noise that a parent makes, you certainly don't want to be that parent making that noise.”


Paul Stephen Waugh, Head Mentor, Lighthouse International Group


At Lighthouse International Group we have recently launched Parents Against Trolls in response to the life-decimating impact that trolling makes on our children. As a result, our Head Mentor Paul Stephen Waugh was approached by ITV reporter Amrit Birdi to contribute to a feature on online anonymity.


He spoke with Ms Birdi for over an hour about the subject and has subsequently been asked to consult ITV on projects relating to trolling and bullying. In this news feature, Paul Stephen Waugh made it clear he wanted his contribution to focus on;

  1. The need to regulate anonymity so there is accountability for anyone wishing to be anonymous.

  2. If there’s a debate as to whether we need to compromise any freedom for online behaviour, then we need to err on the side of protecting our children (the child standard).

He called for the need to have an organised authority to look at the area of online anonymity in order for there to be safeguards that enable children to be safe online. He hit home the point that when we do anything in name of freedom that puts the lives of children at risk, then that’s not freedom.


You can watch the news feature in this 5-minute video clip that was broadcast on ITV News on the evening of 21st December 2021.


“I’m not against anonymity, I think we have got to find the genius of the AND. Not anonymity or not, anonymity AND protection. Anonymity AND responsibility. Anonymity AND regulation. Anonymity AND administration. Anonymity AND responsibility.”


Paul Stephen Waugh, Head Mentor, Lighthouse International Group


The reality is that we have got to look after our children first as any healthy grown adult would agree. Ultimately it doesn’t matter whether we are a policymaker, a corporate executive, parent or teacher… the safety of children needs to be our biggest priority that governs our standards for how we make decisions.


In a debrief conference call with the Lighthouse International Group Associate Leadership Team, Paul Stephen Waugh shared more about the underlying principles behind his key messages on the interview with ITV.


“Anonymity, as a principle, not as a secondary idea, as a principle, is extremely important, because in that comes our freedoms, our choices, our security, our safety, our own determination and that’s what we want. The key is that while anonymity is our right, we need to be able to regulate it, in a way where, if somebody wants anonymity they ought to pay for it. Because let’s face it, there’s lots of people who want anonymity for many reasons. Paedophiles want anonymity. Bank robbers want anonymity. Thieves, rapists, trolls; they all want anonymity, all of that pathology wants it and there’s a reason why they want it. There are many reasons, bad reasons, why people would want anonymity.”


He added,


“When our rights to be anonymous are not regulated, there’s no safeguards or responsibility-taking here. And essentially, you know, the rights and the safety of people, and other people, and specifically our most vulnerable, our most fragile, our children. The ones most in danger, the ones who need the most protection.”


How 18 years of research has led us to the point where we cannot ignore the needs of our most vulnerable children

At Lighthouse International Group, the focus of our work is about enabling conscientious people to become benefactors so that they always have the resources to be able to help themselves, their families and any child in need of help.


From our 18 years of research and discovery with more than 70,000 people, what we have found is that there are many good-hearted people out there who lack the resources and the influence they need to make a difference to the causes they feel most passionate about. They are not able to be as benevolent as they would like to be because they are not realising their human potential in line with the value they want and need to produce.


What we’ve discovered is they lack the foundation which means they have chronic underlying problems that inevitably sabotage their attempts to progress. You can learn more about the work we do to help people build the foundation they need on the Mentoring Experiences section of this site.


Earlier this year Paul Stephen Waugh spoke from the privacy of his own home about what we've learnt about the root cause of online trolling; toxic narcissism. You can discover more about this subject and how it is the main obstacle that gets in the way of us realising our potential.




To discover more about how you can stand with Parents Against Trolls & Trolling (whether you are a parent or not), you can visit our site.


Additionally, you can learn more about what we’ve explored over the last 18 years from our pioneering research into human potential on social media.


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