Tonight my mind is swirling. Not only because of what has gone on with Facebook today but the numerous articles, tweets and comments that have come in after it. It is about time that Facebook is accountable for the kind of pages and pictures that are and have been posted with respect to sexual violence, rape, hate, exploitation and so much more. I certainly that the parties concerned along with Facebook look at all areas and not only a targeted few. It would be saying that our health system was only going to look at depression when looking at mental health and would leave anxiety, psychosis and self harm for a later date. It’s all part of the package — we don’t sell fish and chips and only give the consumer the chips. Today was day one of the #FBrape. There will be many more to come as advertisers are second thinking their endorsements to Facebook. There are other articles posted where the Italian Parent Council are thinking about Facebook’s involvement over the recent suicide of a teen in Italy.
It is certainly time that social media is brought to the limelight. It will hopefully make us all as parents, take a deeper look into what our kids are doing with their mobile devices and social media. Are they being safe? appropriate? polite? Are they using their devices at decent hours? I have read so many studies recently about kids not sleeping properly. Their social media is in their rooms with them. They wake up when their phones make the slightest blip. Texting occurs all the time. Having phones accessible 24/7 also gives the bulliers access to victimize others around the clock. Is this healthy? Not at all. I think as parents, we have to enforce some rules that surround the mobile devices our kids use. Too many times, I am seeing teenagers on FB at 2:30 in the morning. On a school night. Are brains being wired to not sleep soundly anymore. But remember that the brains of a growing teen does not stop development until they are 25 years of age. Are the electromagnetic force fields affecting our children/youth?
Facebook Questions over teen suicide – http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-05/28/facebook-questions-over-teen-suicide
What will it take for Facebook to care about violence against women? – http://www.dailydot.com/business/wam-fbrape-violence-against-women-facebook/
Stomp Out Bullying – Blue Shirt Day (U.S.) – October 7, 2013 – http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php
Fundraising Page for The Overnight Walk Washington,DC – Kathryn Perez – June 1, 2013 – http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=8362
Please support me as I take an amazing journey. The Out of the Darkness Overnight Experience is an 16-18 mile walk over the course of one night. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide. I am walking for Amanda Todd. You can see her story in the YouTube video I have linked here. Sadly, Amanda lost her battle and took her own life. No one should ever feel suicide is their only choice. May God bless Amanda and her family.
I had a conversation with a mom today about teenagers and friendships. We wondered why kids gravitate to other kids that might not be good for them. Amanda was like that. I know of others like that too. Do we do that as adults? I know that often we work with people who become our work acquaintances but not our best friends. That is ok. We aren’t supposed to get along with everyone in the world. So how do you get across to teens that they shouldn’t be giving the attention to people who seem to act like ‘fake’ friends. Remember too – if your ‘fake friend’ needs money, you shouldn’t be giving that away. Or clothes. Or food. And especially not your phone. ‘Fake friends’ will tell your secrets. The ones you don’t want anyone to know about. Best to tell your journal, your stuffie or your cat/dog. Anything inanimate. Even siblings might not be safe. I think that as soon as ‘secret’ is uttered, some will think it’s ‘game on’. And face it, we can all have the bestest friend in the whole wide world. And we can also have an argument with our BFF over something small (eg – clothes, desserts, shoes). A small utterance of a ‘secret’ can devastate. I try to tell girls that when I can see they can take in the information.
Tired now from reading… till tomorrow … xoxo
Here are more BE BOLD pictures. They will be at Bikes Against Bullies on Sunday, June 9 in Port Coquitlam.