It was certainly an interesting day. Who would have thought it would include talking to the Hon Ross Landry (Justice Minister of Nova Scotia). The discussion centred around cybercrimes and of course, the sending of photos online and exploiting children/youth, just like what happened to Amanda, Rehteah, Audrie and so many more. I read in the paper that Leah Parsons will be meeting with Stephen Harper tomorrow. That is such great news. Hopefully some changes can be made and good discussions can be undertaken. After the phone conversation, I was confident that the following would be requested by Minister Landry at his meeting with Minister Nicholson:
1) A look at the Criminal code – the part that covers images distributed without consent for malicious intent/sexual purpose for both children and adults
2) Direction to the Cyber Crime working group to expedite work – have something to report by the fall
If I must say so, it is about time that we as a nation looked at this. Of course, this is the tip of the ice berg. Along with this comes youth mental health, emergency crisis care for children/youth and of course more anti-bullying/cyberbullying prevention and resources. There is also tackling social media changes. Sexual exploitation. On-line harassment. Digital citizenship. The list goes on. My brain gets tired from thinking about it all. I look at it and say ‘HOW’. Others look at me and say ‘SHARE’.
Come on Village!!
Tonight I was asked to share stories about Amanda. It is so hard to pull them out of my brain. It is so much easier to have memories triggered by friends sitting around talking about all our kids. Funny stories and the ones that made us cry.
Like the time she was given a time out in her room and then crawled out the window. Not a good idea. The roof was sloped. Was wondering why their was yelling in the front yard. Oh Amanda…
Like the time you took every pillow and cushion and blanket and put them on the sundeck for your girls night sleepover. The deck was safe from raccoons and creepers because it had no steps to come up. But the next morning, it was roasting hot from the sun being on that side of the house. Oh no, screeching girls. Oh Amanda ….
There is a Monster March planned in Washington DC on October 12, 2013. That is 2 days after October 10th. Would love to attend but …. and I often wonder how that one year date will feel as it approaches. I think I need to talk it out with some parents I know. I have met more wonderful parents all with the same visions. Although they are in the U.S., it is about the same morals, values and changes.
Someone passed on this resource tonight from CCCP (Canadian Centre for Child Protection) –
Zoe and Molly Online – http://www.zoeandmolly.ca/pdfs/ZM_ZoeAndMollyComic_Grade4_en.pdf
Zoe and Molly On the Net – http://www.zoeandmolly.ca/pdfs/ZM_ZoeAndMollyComic_Grade3_en.pdf
It would be nice to see more youth involved in this change. Can we find some to start something?
Gotta go to bed… xoxo Love you babygirl…