I can’t believe the number of articles that have either been written about Amanda Todd and/or her You Tube video. And then again, all the articles that are being written now in 2013 referencing her death. It is almost a full time job (like my night job when it is dark and quiet in the outside world but when the virtual world is still very much awake) to read and get these articles posted and shared. Here is one that was written in the Province a couple of days ago about Amanda Palmer blogging about Amanda Todd.
I myself don’t have all the time or energy to find them all. They come at me through friends who find them randomly or look them up. It is quite interesting to me to find the ones that were written shortly after Amanda’s death. Back then, I was in no shape to read or watch anything. I still do find it hard to watch but I am okay with reading.
Along with reading articles ‘on Amanda’, I am very much interested in reading articles related to young people in general and the topics of what Amanda experienced, Through reading and talking with other parents, I am finding that there is a need and a concern to talk with the parents of our pre-teens who are venturing into the hallways of teenagehood without perhaps the proper battle gear. The cyberworld is very vast and is a place that needs some education and learning on both the parts of the participant (the kid) and the caregiver (the parent/guardian/teacher/etc.) This is when the following saying works ‘a little knowledge will go a long ways’. I as a parent have had the wonderful opportunity of meeting so many people near and far to talk about their kids or the kids they want to reach out to. I have to say that I usually don’t go finding them, they or with the help of someone else, find me. Yes, there are the times where I might disagree with an article and then I do email the reporter or newspaper and ask for a change or supply a comment. I have also used the media to help track down interesting people that I would like to further a discussion with. Fortunately, I have been successful about 90% of the time.
Talking to other parents who have either experienced what I have been going through or something similar has been beneficial for me. It makes me feel like I am not on my boat alone (sometimes I do feel like it sank). I do have so many analogies that I could apply but I won’t. What keeps me afloat the most is that I know I have people who care so much about me in my worlds. If I were to hold up a printed card right now, it would read: “I am not alone but sometimes I need to be alone to collect my thoughts”.
Thank you for reading my words for yet another time.
Love and hugs to all …. xoxo