YouTuber and Soccer Aid star Jeremy Lynch speaks out on beating internet trolls
Football's most famous freestyler Jeremy Lynch has revealed "there’s not much that doesn’t get said" to him by trolls.
As one half of Youtube duo The F2 which has 12 million subscribers, Jeremy believes it is impossible to live in the public eye without being targeted by keyboard warriors.
Since starring on Britain's Got Talent in 2008, Jeremy, 32, has had to face a constant stream of insults thrown his way but accepts it is all part of the parcel of fame in the digital age.
The Soccer Aid star who has millions of his own followers across social media said: "I’m in the public eye so anyone in the public eye, it’s kind of a part of the world we live in that kind of comes with the territory.
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"People feel like its ok to troll and to comment highly negative things and be highly critical of anyone in the public eye it’s something which is not ok.
"It’s not right on any level but it is a part of the world we live in and in the position that I’m in it’s obviously something that I encounter just like anyone else in this position."
Jeremy has partnered with Cartoon Network UK to support its national anti-bullying initiative CN BUDDY NETWORK, supported by the NSPCC’s Childline Service.
The campaign is urging children to become a buddy, not a bully if they spot someone potentially being picked on in person or online.
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The key to dealing with streams of online abuse he says is to talk about it if it ever gets him down, something echoed by Cartoon Network UK's new anti-bullying initiative.
He said: "The tips of the campaign that we’re pushing is, for anyone who might be experiencing bullying is to not suffer in silence.
"Speak to someone if you can, a trusted figure whether that’s a teacher, or parent, or maybe a family member or if you don’t feel like you have anyone to speak to then there’s always Childline.
"You know I’m no different, if there’s something I feel I want to talk about I’m fortunate to have friends, family, my missus who are always there for me to talk to about anything and vice versa I’m there for them to be a support for each other as it should be.
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"Over the years it will be the same for most people in the public eye, there’s not much that doesn’t get said," Jeremy continued.
"You know there are trolls all over the world, everywhere and a lot of them are very active and they will say all sorts it’s mostly positive and that’s what we always focus on.
"People say all sorts, I’ve had people say loads of things to me, horrible things but equally I’ve had people send me so much love and say so many nice things.
"I guess the key is and I think it was Anthony Joshua who I heard say this and he’s spot on with that, ‘not to let praise get to your head and not to let criticism get to your heart’.
"Something like that and it’s absolutely true, not to get too overly lifted by praise and not to be too down trodden by criticism"
Children affected by bullying – whether directly or indirectly – can visit Cartoonnetwork.co.uk/beabuddy and Childline for more information, resources, professional advice and tips. Children can also call Childline to speak to a trained counsellor on 0800 1111.
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