April 28 – Credit here, credit there, credit everywhere ….

Too early for me to post anything yet today but for those that want to do some reading.  It is amazing the chatter and discussion that is happening around cyberbullying, mental health and exploitation.  I am so glad for this to be happening and unfortunately, there are sad things in the world still happening with young people.  But it is making us stand up and take a stand.  I just wish that more people would step up or down and add to the voice.

I have been reading articles and posts.  I sometimes am surprised at the ones who attack the parents.  They drive me insane with their ‘holier than thou’ attitudes.  It would be great if as parents to be, we could put in an order for the perfect child.  You know, the babies with NO colick or teething pain or bad gas or terrible twos or threes.  We want the teenagers that don’t drink, don’t go out, listen to all our words and get straight A’s.  Hmmm…. but then there is diversity and that is what the world is made of.   But as we all know, there are no guarantees because the world is made of DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE!!   Those wonderful people posting comments on articles and blogs saying all those NOT SO WONDERFUL words are actually being mean, vindictive and nasty.   They can hide behind their screens and type in all those words.  I dare them to say it to the face to face to a parent who is struggling with keeping their child alive or even one that has lost their child to suicide.  Yes, I said it.  The ‘S’ word.  It is one of those words that people whisper.  I even whisper it.  But it’s real and true and we are losing kids all over the world to it.

So to those adults who want to voice their opinions about parenting skills, take a look at your words and see if ,instead of slewing negative comments, you can use your energy towards making a change and difference to helping those parents and kids struggling with hanging on right now.  Also how about those kids that stand back and watch others get hurt by the words and actions of others.  Apathy can sometimes be considered another form of bullying behaviour.

Stand up and make a difference!!  Remembering that all snowflakes are unique, fragile and precious.  We should be treating each other like snowflakes….

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News 10 new results for cyberbullying
Cyberbullying: Focus on insight, not punishment
Globe and Mail
Cyberbullying is capturing the world’s attention. Even our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has adopted the term. I sincerely applaud him for meeting this week with the parents of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotian who took her own life after 
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Globe and Mail
Sask. passes motion urging Criminal Code changes to stop cyberbullies
CTV News
REGINA — The Saskatchewan government and the Opposition NDP have unanimously passed a motion to help stop cyberbullies. The motion, introduced in the legislature Thursday by Premier Brad Wall, says the province supports federal efforts to combat 
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Cyberbullying bill positive but could use tweaks: prof
CBC.ca
The chair of Nova Scotia’s task force on cyberbuylling says he’s largely pleased with the province’s newly-announced Cyber-Safety Act, which will allow victims and their families to get protection orders from a court if they are being harassed online.
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CBC.ca
Bullies and Cyberbullies Don’t Take a Summer Vacation
Huffington Post (blog)
As communities, as families and as a country, we need to continue to educate and inform one another about the tragic and sometimes dire effects of bullying and cyberbullying. We need to rally to combat those dangers, and heal the damage they inflict.
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Motion passes urging Criminal Code changes that target cyberbullying
StarPhoenix
Wall also pointed to the Nova Scotia government stepping up its fight against cyberbullyingThursday by introducing legislation that could strip people of their phones and computers, impose hefty fines and clear the way for court action against online 
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StarPhoenix
Cyberbullied? So don’t go online – The Windsor Star
Windsor Star
In recent days, there has been much ado about cyberbullying and ways the government can curb this type of activity. Having been online in chat rooms and MIRC and IRC chats since the ’80s, there has always been someone taking offence to someone else 
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‘Neighbours’ stars combat cyber-bullying in new video
Digital Spy UK
Addressing fans in an official Neighbours video, Rosenow explained: “Because these posts are seen by a large number of people and can be left online for a long period of time, the effects of cyber-bullying can be very damaging, leaving those who are 
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Program on “cyber bullying” in Dunwoody Thursday
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A certified member of the GBI Cybersafety Task Force will conduct a two-hour session on crimes against children Thursday in Dunwoody. Shelby Day will emphasize “cyber bullying” against children and advise adults how to protect children from the online 
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Bullies not just online
TheChronicleHerald.ca
The establishment of the province’s new anti-cyberbullying squad shows that government, when motivated by a tragic case and intense public pressure, can act quickly to address the public’s concerns. But by failing to adequately address conventional 
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Cyberbullying Legislation in Nova Scotia
Social Justice Solutions
It is disheartening to think it takes the death of a teenager for legislation to be created. At the same time, I was very happy to read in Huffington Post Canada that the province of Nova Scotia is implementing cyberbullying legislation. Unfortunately 
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Social Justice Solutions
Web 3 new results for cyberbullying
Cyberbullying: Focus on insight, not punishment – The Globe and Mail
Cyberbullying is capturing the world’s attention. Even our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has adopted the term. I sincerely applaud him for meeting this week 
www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/…/article11566629/
PREMIER CALLS FOR EMERGENCY DEBATE ON CYBERBULLYING
Premier Brad Wall is calling for an emergency debate today in the Legislative Assembly dealing with the serious problem of cyberbullying.
www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=b356a899-e24f-4112-9f2b…
Squad to fight cyberbullying | The Chronicle Herald
The best source of local news in Nova Scotia, featuring articles from The Chronicle Herald, breaking news, sports, entertainment, business, national news, 
thechronicleherald.ca/…/1125313-squad-to-fight-cyberbullyin…

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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15 Responses to April 28 – Credit here, credit there, credit everywhere ….

  1. merle48 says:

    This show was on Cartoon Network in my region, http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/television/2013/04/26/why-anderson-cooper-will-be-cartoon-network-tonight#.UX5xc7vQdjE VERY POWERFUL to watch and CNN’s Andersoon Cooper spoke about how to teach our kids about empathy, how it can be learned, but how some people have more than others. I really believe this powerful emotion is one of the keys to more understanding of the bulleyed person.and what they go through. Very informative program.

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  2. merle48 says:

    To Niall, Thank you for your kind words…

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  3. Niall McDade says:

    The old saying keeps resurfacing in my mind, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Another just came to mind, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

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  4. merle48 says:

    BY THE GRACE OF GOD GO I. Humankind will never change…some of us will always judge and gossip about others…at their expense. I am far from perfect, but I have NEVER been more aware of my actions than the past 6 months…now WHY is that? Some people feel incomplete , and actually feel superior if they can point out others’ weaknesses. Some do not possess the gift (yes gift) of empathy. Yes Carol you’re right, we are all wired differently, and notice that many times the people with the most to say about parents…ARE NOT PARENTS…and never were So where does that leave people who have to listen to and read this garbage? I will leave you with the same quote I posted on one of your previous blogs: One of my favorites…

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss

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    • Niall McDade says:

      To Merle, I love reading your comments.

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      • Savetheworld says:

        The people making negative comments about other people’s parenting skills have deep seated issues of their own! Trust me Carol its called transference! It has nothing to do with you or any other parent. It’s their own weaknesses they like to highlight but never admit to themselves. That holier than thou attitude needs to go! 🙂 xo I also say walk in a persons foot steps before opening your mouth! And if you have nothing good to say keep it to your miserable self! We are here to help and empower others not to bring them down? Goes to show you what kind of people they are.

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  5. Hamsi says:

    Smugness is the privilege of the ignorant…these are the kind of adults who fault parents going through stressful times. I have said it before and I will say it again, the world needs to learn to withhold, shut up once in a while.

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  6. Andria says:

    Boa Noite Carol !!
    A um tempo atrás eu encontrei um artigo do Nick ,gostaria de compartilhar com vocês :
    http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/worldoutreach/iamabullysdream/

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  7. Andria says:

    Sim concordo tambem ..sua opinião é muito verdadeira La Punisher !!

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  8. la Punisher says:

    There are winners and there are losers, Yeah I’m on that page with you and agree 100% to this post
    Hugz 2U

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  9. Andria says:

    Obrigada …o mundo agradece lendo agora !!!

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