May 28 – Twitter is alive with the sound of #FBrape

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.

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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 May 28 – Twitter is alive with the sound of #FBrape

  1. Savetheworld says:

    Please don’t get me started with the social media sites! They are all irresponsible greedy and NOT socially conscious ! How ironic! Shame on them! It would cost them too much money to implement safeguards. Unfortunately we will not see many changes pit in place until pressure is put on them. I can’t wait until their own kids run into problems with social media then well see how quickly changes will be made. Remember Mark is a thief and liar what do you expect from farcebook! Lets keep putting pressure on them. It’s the only way! I personally feel that these sites should be legally responsible for any trouble encountered on their sites. Our government needs to also put policies and laws in place to protect everyone. Xo

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  2. la Punisher says:

    I find it quite disturbing that we can prosecute people for hate crimes, or SUPPORTING hate crimes, But facebook gets away with it all, They really need to be made accountable for their actions in support of pages that are reported to them such as Rape, Child Exploitation, Cyber bullying etc. and do nothing about it, I do not purchase products from companies that advertise on FB, I’d rather pay 10 times the amount than support a company that advertises there. putting it bluntly “I hate FB” It has done so much damage to our young people
    Carol your doing a wonderful work..”Stay strong”
    Hugz 2U

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    • Hamsi says:

      Unless social media sites face legal repurcussions they will do nothing to clean up their act. To cap it all top executives at these companies go about preening as though they are God’s gift to mankind!

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  3. merle48 says:

    I am extremely pleased to know of this walk in Washington D.C. being held with Amanda as the inspiration! I cannot attend, however, I can donate and will do so. I told you a while back how her spirit manifests itself in certain people all over the world. There is nothing strange about that, but I see many kinds of people so affected positively by her tragedy it never ceases to amaze me! About “fake”…welcome to the world of “fake!” At least in the parts of this world that are technologically savvy, there appears to be an open door to fabrication and distortion, as seen all too easily on the internet as a whole. As for kids, it’s the values learned as a child that affect the kind of friend they’ll be..fake vs genuine. I think that our value system is truly lacking in the past 30 years, and we must ask ourselves…whose fault is it really? hmm.

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    • la Punisher says:

      To merle48
      Another heartfelt comment, Really like what you type, feels real, Glad to see you are supporting a great cause, Makes my heart blip twice, Keep it up kind lady..

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