It’s June 22. Yesterday was the first day of summer. It was the longest day of the year yesterday. It is so nice to see the sun. We all want the rain and water to recede from Calgary Alberta. Horrible devastation due to weather conditions.
As much as I love the sun, it is playing havoc with my brain. The emotions seem to rise when the sun is out. I can try to say I don’t know why but I think I do not the part of the answer. It’s summer. Kids are out. Running around. Wearing neon colours. It’s amazing how many teenage girls with long brown hair there are out there. As Amanda emerged out of her cocoon last summer, we went out to Starbuck’s and Timmy’s. We sat in the park to watch the ducks. We watched sunsets together. Screamed at bugs. And howled at the raccoons. I miss those things. And in the summer when the mornings are bright and the days are longer — out, I even sleep less. Uggg… just the way I am wired. I was like this even before technology came to be.
An article was written today in The Province newspaper titled – ‘North Van teen became suicidal after ‘brutal,’ anonymous cyberbullying on social media site, mom says’. http://www.theprovince.com/life/North+teen+became+suicidal+after+brutal+anonymous+cyberbullying+social+media+site+says/8566046/story.html#ixzz2X1SKB611. It was about a social networking site called ask.fm. The story is told by a mother of a young girl who is being cyberbullied through the Ask.fm site with the ask questions anonymously button still clicked . Ask.fm which is based in Latvia and is getting a huge amount of negative press lately due to the cyberbullying nature of the site and for some of the emotional harm it is causing youths on the site. If you read the article from the Province, make sure to go and read the comments also. Once again, opinions go many ways on this topic of conversation. That’s why it is interesting to bring up the topic with others ‘So what do you think about what is going on with social media and social networking these days?’
And then on Facebook, I just found this page – https://www.facebook.com/AskFmShouldBeDeleted. I hadn’t seen it before but I will pass it around.
I was able to talk with Jim Nico today from ‘The Social Network Station’ down in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am scheduled to be on their show for next Friday @ 11 a.m. I am figuring that it can heard via their website. Jim had lots of interesting things to talk about what he does and he wants to do through his organization. He has a very interesting team and we are planning to meet up to talk more about what is going on with social media, how it is being used as an effective and non-effective tool. I still believe that there needs to be opportunities to teach the young people today how to use social media/networks with care and with safety in mind. So many parents are saying “It won’t happen to my kids“ and the kids are saying “It won’t happen to me”. But my answer is – “I didn’t think it would happen to me either and it did. So it’s much better to be prepared for something and it’s ok if there is nothing”.
Words of Wisdom for tonight – Never go and touch the knife sharpener in the utensil drawer. It has metal shavings that are invisible slivers. OUCH!!!
A reminder to all – Don’t forget to take those pictures of your kids, your grandkids, special events, your pets. Just as long as they are shared with respect.
xoxo (How many days till Vegas?)