The one big fear over the two week Christmas/New Years holiday was that the world might forget about Amanda Todd. I am not quite sure that happened. Actually, I am positive that it did not happen. If anything, more support sprung up. Sure, not many people comment on my blogs. I have the same trustful followers who write their comments. Do they write it because they want to or to give me an energy boost? Either way, it’s nice to know they are being read by others. Each day, I probably get at least 6 new followers on Twitter. I get about 3 new Facebook messages per week from people I don’t know. The latest is from France and then one from Switzerland.
I met Jesse Miller today @mediatedreality on Twitter. He works on keeping kids safe while they are on the internet and using social media. I will be attending his sessions next week to listen to his talk to parents and then to a class of kids. I am looking forward to it. I know that Amanda had seen Jesse speak and she came home to tell me what the discussion was about. But for Amanda, the damage of the on-line predator had already been done. What Jesse’s talk did was to reiterate to Amanda (and her friends) what they needed to ‘not’ do on the internet. Did they listen? As a parent, I could only hope so. Jesse and I talked for close to 3 hours plus. It certainly didn’t seem like that long. I was supposed to text someone else for lunch but didn’t get there. Glad that other person is understanding. During lunch, Jesse told me a story. There is this Indie song artist named Amanda Palmer. Amanda is a singer. She made a song video and used cue cards in September/early October. She didn’t know about my Amanda. Actually, according to Amanda Palmer’s blog, it wasn’t until January 5 (when she tried to Google her own name) that she came across Amanda Todd. I have to wonder how many people HAVE NOT heard about my Amanda. So I went to Amanda Palmer’s blog via her website. She asked for feedback and stories to help her with a project. She got close to 700 posts. I only read the first one and it flooded my mind with memories. Some good, some sad. Never bad. Read the first post. It was written by a young lady who was bullied in school. The other young person who tormented her ended up taking his life. How this young person described how she felt is very much similar to how Amanda’s friends felt or even feel today. In the paragraph, the young girl talks about the lessons she has learned, including how NOT to treat people. Way to go!! Lessons and rules are hard to come by. But at the end, we must ….
I am sad because… the snowflakes are no longer falling on my blog. I guessed WordPress turned them off. However, a friend sent me this link to look at ‘real snowflakes’ that were put under a special microscope. Look at them and list your favourite ones…
Arggg… I have so much to do. Yes, I get easily distracted. Tomorrow is a definite ‘try to stay home’ type of day. I have to catch up on my house, technology (or else I might get nagged to death) and catching up to my PVR.
To my new virtual friends on social media – I hope that you have come to join the Snowflake Army and keep spreading the positive messages that Amanda would have liked. Keep reading. Keep smiling.
To my children – I will always love you, whether I am awake or trying to sleep.
Love Mom xoxo