When Perth married couple Ronnie and Georgia Caceres applied for the 13th season of The Block, they knew they would have their fair share of detractors.
But the renovation veterans had no idea that appearing on the hit Channel Nine show would result in strangers lashing out at their young children in shocking online attacks.
‘I don’t even read Facebook any more,’ Georgia reveals to New Idea. ‘There has been some pretty nasty stuff. There have been some threats towards our kids as well, which is just not on.’
The competitive pair are parents to Leo, five, Charlotte, two, and Ronnie’s eldest son from a previous relationship, 16-year-old Giordano.
'We’ve had to sit him down over the last couple of weeks and teach him about social media, and these stories,’ Ronnie, 41, explains.
Georgia admits she’s ‘concerned’ about her kids 'growing up in a world where it’s really easy just for people to hate on the keyboard’.
But by far their biggest struggles during the show weren’t to do with their alleged relationship woes or the stress of the reno, Georgia says it was missing their young kids that created the most difficulties.
‘We were away from our kids for 95 days, and when you think about it that way, that’s insane,’ Georgia says.
Read the full story in this week's issue of New Idea, on sale now.