Bullying is never okay.
Millie Bobby Brown knows the lasting effects of bullying – she’s experienced it, both online and IRL. And she wants to do something about it.
Mllie sat down with fellow British actor and UNICEF ambassador Orlando Bloom for a one-on-one for Glamour UK’s May digital issue. During their convo, she opened up about her “soul-breaking” experience with bullying when she was younger.
“I was bullied at school back in England. So, it’s extremely important for me to speak out against bullying,” Millie shared. “I actually switched schools because of it. It created a lot of anxiety and issues that I still deal with today.”
“I have dealt with situations both in real life and online that are soul-breaking and it genuinely hurts reading some of the things people have said,” she continues.
The 15-year-old Stranger Things star has been named the youngest ever UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador last year, and she’s using her platform to help protect children from violence and exploitation. She’s also out to help make the online world a little less negative, and a little more happy.
“Young people’s lives are increasingly under pressure,” she said in the interview. “I want to make sure that children are protected from violence and exploitation. I also want to combat the negativity on social media. I have experienced it — it’s like a disease. It’s negative hate that is genuinely so horrifying to me.”
“Social media is one of the best places in the world and one of the worst — it counteracts itself,” she added. “It sends such amazing messages; it raises awareness of situations that need to be heard. Nobody should say it isn’t a platform for positivity and change. But then there are some really heartbreaking things to happen on social media and I have dealt with a lot of bullying online. I want to make it a happy place.”
She’s using her voice to create a positive change, and her efforts appear to be making an impact on both young people and adults alike.
“Going back three years ago people wouldn’t listen to me, and now these years are gone by and I have witnessed so much love and respect for youth on set,” she says. “It makes me so much happier that adults actually appreciate youth and opinions.”
Keep up the good work, Millie!