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Brony and worried

Hey and yes I am a brony, but im worried about making youtube videos incase my friends find out and make fun of me plus i am 12 and a boy, but im scared of my friends finding out im a brony incase they bullie me i am in year 8.
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Hi there,

We all have our own hobbies and interests. Everybody is different and likes different things. This is one of the things that makes the world such an interesting place. Imagine how boring it would be if everybody liked the exact same things.

It’s completely okay for you to like My Little Pony. There is nothing wrong with this at all. Very often we don’t really have a choice in what we are interested in, we just like it. That is who we are and we shouldn’t have to make any apologies for what we are passionate about. You shouldn’t have to apologise or feel bad about being a brony. That’s who you are and you should be proud of that.

When you love something it’s very natural that you want to express yourself and share your passion with others. For instance, it’s perfectly okay for somebody to walk around in their favourite football team’s shirt or to share their favourite singer’s songs on Facebook.

I can understand that making YouTube videos could be a way for you to tell people about being a brony and to possibly meet other bronies. I would never want to stop you from expressing yourself in any way that you want to, but it is important to be aware that the internet can be a dangerous place, particularly if you are worried about bullies. Once you put something on the internet it’s there for everybody to see and it can be hard to take it back down. This can make you vulnerable to cyberbullying.

I know you are also scared about how your friends will react to you being a brony. A true friend is somebody who accepts you for who you are and a friend should never bully you. People who bully others often pick on people because they think they are different to them or they don’t understand the other person.

If your friends do react badly it may be because they don’t understand that your love of My Little Pony is just the same as their love for sports, computer games, music or whatever they are into. If they ask you why you like My Little Pony, just simply be confident and say, “It’s a good show.” Perhaps ask them if they have watched it. How can they judge you if they haven’t seen it?

Remember, you don’t have to explain yourself to anybody about what you love. Also if you do experience bullying it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. People like your teachers have a duty of care towards you which means they have to act on bullying if you tell them about it.

If you would like to talk to somebody about any of these issues you can always speak to a ChildLine counsellor privately by email, in a 1-2-1 chat or by calling 0800 1111. They won't judge you.

I hope this letter helps.

Take care,

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