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Why Bullying Celebrity Kids is Getting Out of Hand

Celebrities getting bullied and criticized is common, but when their kids are involved, that’s a different story.

It’s not unusual for celebrities to be criticized or bullied online for their acting, personal lives, or even their looks. But when these negative comments start attacking their families—most especially their kids—that’s when they draw the line and emphasize boundaries. They become parents.

When they are simply parents

Fundraising is not uncommon, especially when kids need to raise for their school needs or fund trips. But actress Alyssa Milano found herself being criticized by trolls for sharing a GoFundMe link to raise money for her son’s baseball team, with people commenting that she could have donated the money herself.

The worst part of the story? The trolls even went to her son’s personal social media account to call her out and bully him about it.

“I’m getting media inquiries about whether I have financially contributed to my son’s baseball team,” the Charmed actress tweeted. ” I’ve paid for uniforms for the entire team and coaches, thrown bday parties, and [sponsored] any kid who can’t afford monthly dues.”

While pointing out that the kids of her team are also doing fundraising raising initiatives of their own, Alyssa simply thanked those who have helped them. However, she became an overprotective mother when she told naysayers to stop bullying her son.

“Regardless of how you feel about me, going on to my hardworking 12-year-old son’s Instagram page and leaving these kinds of messages is so horrid. Leave the kids alone. Let them play baseball. If you are against donating—don’t donate,” she wrote on Instagram.

Her son Milo also called out the hate, reminding them she was his mom. ” You do realize I’m only 12 and I love my mom. My mom is the greatest human being of all time. She does everything for everyone.”

Source: milano_alyssa Instagram

Celebrity kids face bullying, too

While there is freedom to post online, there is a line drawn when it comes to cyberbullying. After all, this can negatively affect people, most especially kids. When the bullying becomes frequent and more severe, it can cause anxiety, depression, and other stress-related disorders—not just for the child, but also for the parent.

Take for example Pauleen Luna-Sotto, who called out a troll for hitting on her daughter Tali last 2020. “It’s one thing to say your opinion, which is totally fine; but it’s another thing to bash an innocent child,” she said.

People are entitled to their opinion, Pauleen said, but the celebrity mom emphasized that people still have to be mindful of what they say and share. She added that as a mom, she wouldn’t allow anyone to insult her child. “That’s what people need to understand. That once you become a mom, you will do anything and everything to protect your child,”  she explained.

Freedom of speech? Know when to draw the line.

Filipinos pay special attention to the personal lives of others, most especially celebrities, but bashing their children or family members is a different story. Yes, celebrities are public figures whose lives will forever be scruitinized by the public.

But if they feel that their loved ones are getting affected or that the safety and well-being of their family and children are threatened, expect that they will not stay quiet. After all, in the end, they are also humans and parents who will do everything to protect their children.

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