BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Ronan Parke has told Gloucestershire youngsters who face abuse from online trolls that they can overcome the bullying like he did.
The 15-year-old, who rose to fame as a finalist in the fifth series of the talent show in 2011, has released a new single called Defined which he hopes will inspire youngsters to take a stand against abuse.
Speaking to the Citizen, he said: “I was on Britain’s Got Talent so I was expecting people to be talking about me but some got nasty. There was name calling and physical threats which left me feeling scared.
“For a 12-year-old to be put through that, it was a scary time.
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“If others are going through the same, they should tell somebody about it. I know that can be quite difficult to do but that’s what I did and my family were great about it.
“These people had no right to judge me or what I was doing.
“If there’s one piece of advice I would give, it is don’t keep it to yourself.”
Trolls attacked Ronan over his voice and image through social media websites.
Half the proceeds from his new song, Defined, will go to the anti-bullying organisation Kidscape. He says he shared his experiences with songwriters to help inspire the lyrics.
HELP IS ON HAND IN GLOUCESTER
- Gloucester has SkillZONE, a community safety centre, in Tuffley Lane.
- The centre runs the NetZONE internet cafe where they teach young people how to use the internet safely and what to do if they face cyber bullying.
- They offer social media training for youngsters, alerting visitors to risky behaviour and tackling sexual exploitation and online threats. It is run in partnership with the police and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency.
- An open day will be held at the centre on July 19 for people to find out more.