The NRL Footy Show host Erin Molan opened up about the abuse she receives online, while interviewing Jarryd Hayne, who has teamed up with security software Norton to support beyondblue and prevent cyber bullying.
'I used to bring my phone out and check it in the ad breaks on this show,' Molan said on the show. She added: 'Then I would read something horrible, and it was awful.'
It got tot he point where Molan's co-hosts refused to let her check her phone while on set. But, despite how bad the effects of cyberbullying are for Molan, the 33-year-old acknowledged it would be much worse for teens. 'I am a strong woman and I can be affected by it,' she said, adding, 'If you think of vulnerable teenagers - it is awful.'
Hayne shared his own experiences of cyberbullying. 'Being an athlete, you kind of expect it from opposition fans and whatnot - but I'm prepared for it,' he said.
'But I think for someone that's just on there to socialise... the effects can be very damaging.'
Hayne then presented a cheque for $50,000 from Norton to fellow NRL star Chris Lawrence, who acted as a representative for mental health service Beyond Blue.