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Old 10-02-2014, 11:16 AM
 
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It sounds like he is spending too much time online if he is already starting to identify with an internet subculture. Trust me, you really don't want him to get in too deep.

I would try to get him interested in other things that get him away from the screen, including the TV.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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Jeez, there are a lot of things that get perverted by adults if you look hard enough, if we banned kids from all of it they wouldn't have a lot left to watch.
Sorry Bully, but I also disagree with the rest of your statement too. Doing things that are outside the box doesn't automatically make a kid an outcast and unlikely to have normal relationships and 'get you grandchildren'

OP, now is a good time to teach your son how to be discreet. Role play might be just the thing. Son- "Hey Jayden you ever seen my little pony? Yeah, what did you think of it?" Get him to be able to read responses and determine how to handle the conversation based on the response.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:41 AM
 
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The brony phenomena also evolves in to some pretty sickening and perverted stuff as the bronies get older. Google the word "clopping" if you want to know what I'm talking about. I understand your son's interest is probably perfectly innocent but the innocent and sinister sides of this culture tend to intermingle, especially online. Even the youngsters end up getting exposed to some very disturbing people.
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It sounds like he is spending too much time online if he is already starting to identify with an internet subculture. Trust me, you really don't want him to get in too deep.
This is what I was eluding to. It's really sad that sickos have taken an innocent children's show and turned it into an animal sex fetish.

It's okay he likes to watch My Little Pony. What's on the internet is NOT okay. Aside from sitting right next to him, there's no way to ensure he won't stumble upon that stuff online while looking up Brony.

This sort of creates a quandary because you don't want to outright tell him there's a bad side to My Little Pony/Brony, but one way or another you have to find a way to protect him from that aspect of the Brony culture that's online.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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Jeez, there are a lot of things that get perverted by adults if you look hard enough, if we banned kids from all of it they wouldn't have a lot left to watch.
You don't have to look hard to find the perverted Bony stuff online. He's WAY to young to be influenced by that stuff.

Watching the TV show is fine. Being online exploring the Brony culture is not.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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For those that don't know what a brony is, it's a boy that likes My Little Pony. My son recently turned 11 and is a self declared brony. This past week he has been telling/asking me about telling friends at school but he is afraid all the other kids will make fun of him. In a perfect world, I want him to be able to tell whomever he wants but I know kids can be mean. I don't want to say for him to tell people if he can handle bullies, he shouldn't have to. But is it wrong to make him keep it a secret as well. Not sure what the right answer is.
if I were him, I wouldn't go around admitting something like that, especially in middle school. apparently, there are adult males that like it too. he's young enough to where there is hope to turn this around. if he does admit to this at school, then I hope you have stellar medical benefits for your son, because he will get beat up a lot.

on the internet, they are primarily perverted scumbags that pleasure themselves to "brony porn". personally, I view "bronies" as socially awkward creeps and future sex offenders. imo, there is something inherently wrong with a grown man watching a cartoon meant for 6 year old girls. if you don't want your kid to end up raping little boys for loose change, then you'll condition him to lay off the pony nonsense and become a productive member of society. I belong to a site that has a bit of a presence of these people. nobody likes these "bronies" because they're obnoxious, socially awkward, and just flat out creeps with a complete lack of employment prospects.

of course there may be a small minority of these people that live normal lives a productive members of society, but I am willing to bet that this is rare. seriously, your kid would be better off joining a street gang than being a brony.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:13 PM
 
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For those that don't know what a brony is, it's a boy that likes My Little Pony. My son recently turned 11 and is a self declared brony. This past week he has been telling/asking me about telling friends at school but he is afraid all the other kids will make fun of him. In a perfect world, I want him to be able to tell whomever he wants but I know kids can be mean. I don't want to say for him to tell people if he can handle bullies, he shouldn't have to. But is it wrong to make him keep it a secret as well. Not sure what the right answer is.
Kids will come up with strange interests sometimes. Not sure how a guy gets into My Little Pony, but it's actually a surprisingly large community.

I'd say tell him to be proud of who he is, but to try not to flaunt it. Kids that age will take anything and turn it into a way to torment another kid, and an interest in something traditionally for the other sex is obviously something that can be used to make fun of him.

If he's not a big, strong kid, I would actually suggest you take him to Boxing/MMA/Self-Defense classes. Not so he'll lash out at the other kids, but so he'll know that he can handle himself and be comfortable in his own skin. I was a model as a kid and some of my classmates made fun of me for it, but I took Karate and suddenly I was able to just let the insults roll off my back because I'd think "yeah, but I can kick your butt". The two times anyone tried to get physical with me, I easily put a stop to it.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Main reason I started this conversation is because I've seen/heard online about the bullying regarding mlp and wasn't sure what to tell him when he came asking. I will definitely be asking him more questions tonight when we are at home.
At 7 he's old enough to know My Little Pony isn't a "boys' show", so hopefully he has the social skills to not go around asking other boys about it. At the same time, he shouldn't be bullied if it somehow slips out, but boys will be boys. He'll most likely outgrow it.

My younger son watched iCarly until he was maybe 13, and believe me, his older brother let him know that it was inappropriate for boys!

P.S. I wouldn't label a 7 year old boy a "brony". That's a term for otherwise grown-up "men".
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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Moderator cut: delete Yet, I will answer, anyway lol. A 11yr old boy that likes My Little Ponies ( nothing odd, especially if he has younger siblings that enjoy watching the show). I would let him know his interest is his own and if someone ask why he likes the show then tell them. Nothing to be ashamed about. There are 11 yr old girls that like Pokemon and Chima.

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Old 10-02-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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Huh different from a Jabroni I'm assuming...
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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......Since Bronies range in age up to 30 years old, this may not be a passing pre-teen interest. There are even Brony conventions.....
That is just downright creepy.
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