I would firstly like to say ‘thank you’ to all those who are following my blog, my Tumblr, my FB and my Twitter. Although they all don’t have to be followed as I think I found the answer on how to post articles, pics, etc so that they go on all the sites synchronously. (Love that word!) Yesterday, my blog had 604 views. That is the most ever. And I see in the stats, that there are more people all over the map that are looking at it too. I find that ‘wondrous’ – if that is even a word. Every day that I step foot out of my house, I give away a few more pink bracelets and encourage a few more people to read my blog or the articles that I post. I think that I am posting articles that interest others based on social media, cyberbullying, bullying, technology, etc. I know that everything that I read or want to read these days will be related to Amanda.
Today I had the opportunity to sit in on two presentations given by Jesse Miller. They were for gr 7/8s. Jesse is a phenomenal speaker that gets down to the kids level of use with social media. Sitting there (and having experienced Amanda) I was listening and watching to the answers the kids were giving him to his questions. They were all great questions and the answers were honestly given, although I am sure there were a few reluctant answerers in the audience. The main sites kids use on their computers or mobile devices seem to be: KIK, text messaging, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and now Snapchat and Omegle have been added to the list. I googled Omegle tonight. All I can say is OMG. There are two options when you go to the site – video or text chat. The one thing that is mindblowing to me is that you are talking or video chatting with complete strangers. If you choose the video option, the cams on your laptop go on. I think on your phone, maybe it is Facetime or something else that turns on. Now the question is to you and your child – ‘Who is at the other end of the freakin’ screen?’ Now go Google the movie ‘Trust’ and go watch it with your kid(s). Also google Snapchat and see what it does. Remember – everything leaves a digital footprint. Nothing really disappears in the technology world. It just looks like it disappears.
A the end of the sessions, there were some girls that were talking in the halls. I heard the same things, nothing is wrong with my pictures so if they are on my social media sites, nothing bad can happen to me. WRONG!! Lots can happen. Your pictures can be taken. They can used wrongfully. They can be photoshopped. They can be reposted with your face and a naked body. The emotional damage that occurs is usually the hardest to make better. One girl was vocal about nothing happening to her. She was introduced to me. I talked to her briefly about Amanda. I gave her a Stay Strong/Amanda Todd bracelet. She went back to her friends. She cried. (I don’t know about what.) I hope that what I said might have made a difference. Kids need to learn that their innocent (or not so innocent pictures) are ‘forever’ when they are put on the internet. It becomes a digital footprint in concrete.
I heard a nice warm fuzzy story from someone that I reconnected with on FB. She was a former student at the elementary school I once taught at. She was on my street the night Amanda passed away. She say me sitting in my garage sad. She told me how she felt when she saw me. She is a mom now too. A couple of weeks later, she saw me outside putting some of the flowers that had died in the garbage. Here is what she saw and wrote to me: About 2 weeks after Amanda left, (maybe a little later) I was over walking Sulley (the dog) ….. whenever it was, it was near the end of the life of the flowers you received. You were bringing them out to the green bin…. I watched you throw them out, and then walk back to the door…. I guess one flower (i think it was a rose…just a small bud, didn’t look like much of a stem….) anyhow; you picked it up and smelt it…. and took it back inside…. melted my heart . I came home, posted that on Facebook, that it was almost ast if she had made that flower fall, and said “it’s okay mom- i’m still here!”… or at least that was my take. When I got back from the walk…. a car full of women and food showed up and another day- I told a reporter they were on the wrong street.
Here is another story on my FB messaging from someone I don’t know: Was reading your blog from the last few days and saw the penny on the 14. Today we saw a penny on the floor at work, instead of picking it up like I normally would do, I told my friends I was flipping it over so someone else could have a wish too. They both flipped it over also and then made a wish. Then we went in to the other room. When I passed the room before I went home the bright shiny penny was still sitting there on the floor. Together we can all help the world change, one person at a time. Together we are Strong!!
I LOVE HEARING AND READING THESE STORIES. YES I AM SHOUTING BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY TO HEAR THESE THINGS!! Just like listening to Onha at Free Radio Voice. I love honesty and spirit. That is why Amanda and I got along so well in the last year. She possessed both of those qualities. The spirit was always there but the honesty was learned. And it worked for us….
Let’s see if the post views goes higher today!!
Love to you all + my BBB, my LBB, my PS xoxo