July 16 – A helping hand …

I got a message today from someone I know via Facebook telling me about a mom with a daughter that is in the hospital.  The mom needs to be at the hospital 24/7 and the dad had to go back to work this week.  This family is in need of some love and support and live in a community not that far away from mine.  So I posted a message on my Facebook and Twitter and have since realized that there are so many kind and caring people out there in the world.  So many have already grouped together to help with meals, parking and even $$.  Knowing that there are kind and supportive people out there is so very wonderful.  One of Amanda’s friends is also going to work on this project. Contact amandatoddlegacy@gmail.com if you want to help in some way.




On the flip side, there are people that need to look deeply into themselves and learn some life lessons.  Kids, youth, adults.  Changes happen ever so slowly.  In talking with many different people today, we as adults wonder why the momentum is slow.

As adults, we are ‘digital immigrants’.  We are scared of the technology and how it works.  Or maybe, scared of learning something new as we have been told it takes up lots of time.  The teenagers of today are the ‘digital natives’ and the very young (age 2 +) will become the ‘digital masters’.  A reporter told me today that teens have said that if their parents knew about what they (as kids) could happen on social media networks, they wouldn’t be posting what they post.  There is an upside and a downside.  Teens can make alternate sites.  Teens can un-post.  The moment something is posted and read, it can be hurtful.  It can be taken down but the damage might already be done.  It certainly doesn’t take long via social media.

I also found this article very amusing – What is an Internet Troll?

I had an interview yesterday and two today on cyberharassment (+ teens).  It is one of those neverending stories.  How do we change and alter?  What needs to be done?  How long will it take?  We will just have to keep plugging away and also get more people to continue to support and share the message.  The changes won’t happen overnight.  But we also can’t stop the momentum.  It’s like a train, we have to keep picking up more people along the way.  And then the train gets longer.  Or for us older folks, it’s like the bunny hop.  Remember hopping around at the weddings of our friends.

Bunny Hop Video – You Tube

Too funny.  Too cute.

Time for bed and a new fridge.

xoxo  Love you baby girl xoxo

Stay strong Amanda




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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7 Responses to July 16 – A helping hand …

  1. Thanks so much Carol for being a very strong, positive advocate for change. You have amazing strength and that is partially because Amanda is sharing with you. Thank your for the comment on my blog on Internet Trolls. We all need some humour. x Have a great day and enjoy the heat! Boy is it a hot one!


  2. Savetheworld says:

    The biggest issue right now is mental illness. The people that bully were probably bullied mistreated or abused. Then they continue the cycle. How do we stop this? Kids are also neglected only because life has gotten so expensive and we’ve been forced to work, women’s liberation has destroyed the family unit. People are stressed the economy is bad and they lash out at strangers it’s just so easy with technology today . Yes there are a lot of nice people in the world happy to hear that people still have hearts. Ive lost faith in humanity Many many times but we need to remember that there are good people in the world. xo Love you Carol love you Amanda the world misses you baby girl xo <3.


  3. la Punisher says:

    “Knowing that there are kind and supportive people out there is so very wonderful. One of Amanda’s friends is also going to work on this project.”
    To be reminded that there is still a ‘touch of class’ in today’s society is so wonderful

    Hugz 2U


  4. merle48 says:

    Keep forging ahead Carol…any good deed is a “big” accomplishment! I hope it will ease their stress a little. My grandson is a “digital native” yeah, it’s in his blood! However, as he enters middle school in September, I feel the desire to insure he gets outdoors more and involved with “hands on” activities, and I don’t mean just sports. He is a boy scout which is a wonderful teaching tool for survival in the outdoors, just as you introduce tools for survival and awareness in the cyber-world and beyond that. The word “survival” is ambiguous in this sense. He also needs the skills you speak about more than ever as he enters a new level in school, however, the outdoor survival skills are just as important in such an unstable world of today. Mostly, I just think it’s important to expose these kids to other things which may go against their “digital native” blood. Here is a quote for you today: “I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” ~Abraham Lincoln


  5. merle48 says:

    what happened to my comment wordpress????


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