Katie Price has defended her decision to set up an Instagram account for her 16-year-old son, Harvey Price.
This comes a week after Price claimed MPs were supporting her campaign for ‘Harvey’s Law,’ a law which will make online bullying a criminal offence.
A representative for the former glamour model told the Mail Online that Harvey has every right to social media, and this is why ‘Harvey’s Law’ is being campaigned for.
“Harvey is a 16-year-old boy who wants his own Instagram. Why should he be stopped by all the haters and trolls?” the rep told the digital news source.
“This is exactly why Katie is battling for Harvey’s Law- to stop this! Able-bodied 16-year-old boys have Instagram so what is the exception for Harvey?
“His friends at school, his family and his brother [Junior Andre] are all on Instagram and he wants his own account to post things he loves. Why should he be stopped?” the source continued.
Harvey who is partially blind and has Prader Willi Syndrome, only had the account set up over the weekend, and already has over 58,000 followers.
While many of Harvey’s followers have posted messages of support, the account is still besieged by trolls and critics. Several appear concerned for his safety online.
One wrote: “I don’t think this is right Harvey’s mental age is not 16 he’s being exsposed [SIC] to trolls now. He won’t understand what Instagram is, his mother just loves attention wether positive or negative poor Harvey.”
Another wrote: “Why are you doing this to your child?? It’s like your using him to prove you point about bullying! When in fact you should be protecting him from all this drama. I hope and pray that Harvey can’t read all the vile comments on here? Do the right thing @officialkatieprice take this down your doing him more harm than good.”
Harvey has been a victim of online bullying many times of the years, including an offensive Christmas jumper for sale with Harvey’s face on and his infamous Loose Women quote: ‘Hello you c***s.’
Katie’s defence of Harvey’s Instagram account also comes just a day after she declared on This Morning that she hoped to adopt a Nigerian baby.
The mum-of-five told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she was inspired after meeting a woman in her nail salon who worked with a Nigerian orphanage.
“I’ve always wanted to adopt a child – I don’t care if they’ve got disabilities – just because I feel like I could offer a place,” she said.