March 19th – Reading Merle’s post and more …

March 19 @ 7:57 pm – Merle wrote a comment on one of my blogs tonight that said – “Don’t know if you’ll see this post, however, I just reread your passionate blog, and I thought again of the song.”  It made me think of how many that follow my blog may not think that I read the heartfelt comments that are written each day and each night.  I do see and read each one of them as they come through my email.  I don’t have the chance to respond to them all but I love how passionate and caring everyone is … to me … and to each other.  There have been those that have come in to share their stories.  And after they arrive, they are wrapped in a ‘sea of caring’.  I truly understand when Amanda Palmer wrote her blog on Amanda Todd/Internet Hatred and her followers responded.  They also supported each other.  We, as adults, are using this internet tool as a good thing.

I just posted this that came my way today.  Please read and respond if you are able:

As a parent who has experienced the pain associated with online harassment and cyber bullying, I can speak first hand to the dangers our children and young adults are facing. Fortunately, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has worked closely with the Honorable state legislators Senator David Simmons and Representative Tom Goodson in the design and support of House Bill HB787 and Senate Bill SB946, which focuses on Online Harassment and Cyber Bullying. If these efforts are successful, it will prohibit any person from posting nude or intimate pictures and videos that are accompanied, tagged or linked with personal and identifying information on websites without their “written” consent.

The legislative effort currently has the support of Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, State Attorney Phil Archer, the Brevard County Chiefs of Police, the Florida Sheriff’s Association and Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Please contact the House of Representatives members listed below and let them know how important this legislation is and that you support it! Every voice counts! Thank you!

 


Chair-  Matt.Gaetz@myfloridahouse.gov

Vice Chair- Ray.Pilon@myfloridahouse.gov

Democratic Ranking- Irving.Slosberg@myfloridahouse.gov

Randolph.Bracy@myfloridahouse.gov

Mike.Clelland@myfloridahouse.gov

Dane.Eagle@myfloridahouse.gov

James.Grant@myfloridahouse.gov

Gayle.Harrell@myfloridahouse.gov

Dave.Hood@myfloridahouse.gov

Travis.Hutson@myfloridahouse.gov

Dave.Kerner@myfloridahouse.gov

Kionne.McGhee@myfloridahouse.gov

Charles.VanZant@myfloridahouse.gov

Simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov

wayne.ivey@bcso.us

Tom.goodson@myfloridahouse.gov

Steve.Crisafulli@myfloridahouse.gov

The Bill can be viewed at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s0946c1.DOCX&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=0946&Session=2013


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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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5 Responses to March 19th – Reading Merle’s post and more …

  1. Savetheworld says:

    They should attach huge fines to bullying. I personally think its going to be the easiest and cheapest way to eradicate it. Trust me parents will involve themselves if they have to dish out $1000 for their child. Children and adults alike will be much more careful about writing or saying anything defamatory!! I also think it is an easy solution to implement. It would be a start

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  2. Savetheworld says:

    Do we have any lawyers reading this blog? What can we do to get our government to do something about this horrible urgent matter? We have guards and fences up at our schools to protect our children what is being done about the Internet? Why is it open to everyone including predators pedophiles trolls bullies? Why is it so easy to create a new account with erroneous information? Yes I believe in freedom of speech but how could we allow people to hide behind fake personas? It’s a recipe for disaster. I also see all the pornography online available for all to peruse? This is awful and disgusting! A few kids were looking up their names on the Internet ex Sarah.com Robert.com and they hit porn sites at the age of ten!! We need to protect our children something needs to be done. Why are we such a complacent people? Lets organize and do something! 😦

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  3. merle48 says:

    Okay I lost some of the words into cyberspace! Here is the one with ALL the words!

    As soon as I read this Bill, I thought of the phones and their picture-taking abilities which of course are a double-edged sword. Aside from computers, these phones have created a disturbing trend in photography for many teens, and even adults. This is certainly a positive step as to have consequences for the blatant misuse of pictures that are many times unknowlingly provided for the unrestricted public. Of course children must also be educated on the dangers of “sharing.” I believe it’s sometimes quite difficult to teach kids about the dangers of anything…even the consequences…without implicit examples that they can relate to. As I remember all too well, the immortal, “it’s not gonna happen to me” mindset of the average kid/teen. I will definitely be contacting some of these house members to voice my support in this lagging, yet vital piece of legislation.

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  4. merle48 says:

    As soon as I read this Bill, I thought of the phones and their picture-taking abilities which of course are a double-edged sword. Aside from computers, these phones have created a disturbing trend in photography for many teens, and even adults. This is certainly a positive step as to have consequences for the blatant misuse of pictures that are many times unknowlingly provided to
    the unrestricted public. Of course children must also be educated on the dangers of “sharing.” I believe it’s sometimes quite difficult to teach kids about the
    can relate to. As I remember all too well, the immortal, “it’s not gonna happen to me” mindset of the average kid/teen. I will definitely be contacting some of these house members to voice my support in this lagging, yet vital piece of legislation.

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  5. Tristan says:

    I often find myself going back through your blogs and re reading some of the comments, often see some different ones that pop up that i haven’t seen the first time around. i believe it was actually merle48 who once said something like this -” going back and re reading your blogs from time to time, and getting something new out of them the second time around” I find that to be so true..

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