Tori Spelling’s son Liam said goodbye to elementary school and 6th grade and the young boy is making the challenging social passage to middle school.
During this time, young people often struggle with insecurities & self-doubt, so when Liam asked his parents if he was obese after reading online comments, it caused some serious concerns in his household.
As reported by Good Morning America, in the latest episode of Dean McDermott’s “Daddy Issues” podcast, the celebrity dad revealed that he hates social media after seeing how negative comments and body shaming have affected his 12-year-old son.
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As previously reported by Dearly, commenters criticized Tori Spelling and McDermott’s kids for their weight and how they dress after Spelling shared photos of them on Instagram.
Unfortunately, their 12-year-old son has seen the comments for himself. McDermott said:
“I hate social media — I hate it, I hate it, I hate it! It’s a necessary evil [for people who work in the public eye].”
“The kids got bullied for their clothes they were wearing on the first day of school. Tori posted some picture of the kids’ first day of school, and they’re like, ‘Oh my god, look at their hair,’ ‘Oh my god, are those clothes from Target?’ And I’m like, what the f—? It’s so L.A.”
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In general, it is not helpful when a young person faces shaming amongst peers, but online criticism only adds to children feeling insecure and emotionally vulnerable. McDermott said:
“Liam picked it up, and that’s when I really went ballistic, because it’s like, you know, it’s gonna happen.”
The actor continued:
“He said, ‘Dad, am I obese?’ I said, ‘Look buddy — there’s some sick people in the world … and they need to do stuff like this. They need to say bad things about people.'”
He then explained how his son should handle mean-spirited comments.
McDermott told the boy to not stress over those who have nothing better to do than leave hateful responses on their photos.