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Growing Up In The Spotlight

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Since starring as Eleven in Stranger Things, actress Millie Bobby Brown has been in the spotlight. Brown has had to deal with cyberbullying, even leaving Twitter after being the target of a cruel meme. She has also dealt with inappropriately sexual comments from "fans," which is extra gross considering the fact that she's a minor. Plus, the tabloids covered her first public romance and subsequent break up with a certain amount of cynical glee.

Basically, fame hasn't been all that it's cracked up to be for Brown. It's not all dancing with Harry Styles at concerts.

Taking A Stand

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In honor of her 16th birthday, Brown posted on Instagram about the scrutiny that she's faced and how it has affected her over the years. Alongside a video highlighting the often cruel headlines and the stress that she is under as a public figure, Brown wrote about how things need to change for young people.

"Ya girl's 16 :) 16 has felt like a long time coming. I feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next. Our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grown and succeed."

Focusing On What Needs Changing

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She continued, bringing up the awful things that have plagued her since becoming a celebrity.

"The last few years haven’t been easy, I’ll admit that. There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. But not ever will I be defeated. I’ll continue doing what I love and spreading the message in order to make change."

Seriously, she's a child, everyone needs to take several steps back and rethink their lives.

Let Her Be A Kid

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Ultimately, Brown just wants the chance to both be a kid and make a difference.

"Let’s focus on what need changing and I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and clashing lights. Don’t worry I’ll always find a way to smile ;) leggo 16 ♡."

As we prepare for the next (last?) season of Stranger Things, let's all be a little more mindful about the fact that Brown and her costars are children. They may be rich and famous, but they're still just kids.

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