Katie Price went to The Priory after witnessing the online bullying and trolling suffered by her disabled son Harvey, she revealed today.
The model-turned-businesswoman checked into the famous rehabilitation clinic in despair as sick trolls targeted her eldest child.
Katie, 42, is campaigning to introduce Harvey’s Law which would clampdown on web bullies who peddle web hate – and draw up a register so they can be “named and shamed”.
Explaining her plan to MPs on Parliament’s Petitions Committee, she said: “Throughout the years I get a lot of trolling and online abuse, the difference is I’m able to speak out myself, but my son Harvey was born with disabilities, he gets a lot of racial abuse, disgusting despicable things.
“He gets memes made about it, TikToks, posters, he gets mocked in such a serious, disgusting way.
“There has to be some kind of justice.”
Katie added: “This is disgusting, they need to be banned.
“If you go and get a mortgage or a car they want to know your name, your address, credit checks – why can’t they do it on social media? There is not enough protection.”
The mum-of-five did not want to stop Harvey, who has autism and is partially blind, enjoying social media and sharing videos of his keyboard playing.
“Why should he stop doing it? Why should I be told I can’t let him enjoy that, when other people do?” she said, as she hit out at “keyboard warriors” and “virtual bullies” who target her son.
Katie went to rehab in January – and told MPs: “I’m sick of it as well, it’s become draining.
“I ended up going in The Priory myself at the beginning of this year because of the bullying, the trolling; we’re only human.
“I can see how people end up committing suicide and stuff like that.
“It all goes down to mental health. Think of what the bullying and the trolling does.”
She wants a Harvey’s Law in every country around the world, adding: “In 25 years this would be the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Outlining the extent to which trolls pursue her and her family, she told how when she was selling her car on Ebay the listing had to be taken down because there were so many abusive comments about Harvey.
When the lad was in hospital recently with fluid on his lungs and a chest infection, he was still targeted by those determined to mock him.
“At the hospital people take pictures of him and put them online, they shouldn’t be allowed to do that,” said Katie.
“There needs to be fines in place, there needs to be consequences, with parking fines people learn to put a ticket on.
“If there are consequences online people will be careful because there will be fines or they will be put on the register, it might not stop everything but it might make people start thinking.”
Her mum Amy told the committee a register would work like the sex offender register, recording the names of those guilty trolling.
Katie, who stood for Parliament in the 2001 general election, joked: “I should become an MP because you can’t get a word in with me.”
Praising Katie’s “really compelling evidence”, committee chairwoman and Labour MP Catherine McKinnell said: “It’s clear there is a big problem and it is getting worse not better.
“Something needs to be done. This is not going to resolve itself, it needs intervention.
“We need to make online a safe place to be.”
The Government plans an Online Harms Bill to hold websites accountable if they fail to tackle harmful content online.
But the plan is still in its initial “White Paper” phase, with insiders blaming delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.