July 24 – Say what, you ask???

Someone today asked me questions about Amanda’s death and what has gone on in the past 9 months.  Why do I search out information?  What do I do with it?  Why do I bother? What or who will it benefit?

My answer:  Despite the fact that my daughter is no longer with me, I am still her mother.  I will always be  her mom until I take my last breath.  And it is for that reason, I will continue to be the parent that stands up for what is right and for what my daughter believed in.  That is to ‘Help Other Kids’.  Almost 10 months ago, when Amanda posted her You Tube video, we had no idea what would happen but it happened.  I must reiterate again, her You Tube video was not a good-bye video.  Amanda had gained strength and made that video to share her story and to make sure that others would get the help they needed if in similar circumstances.

So with that, I gather info, read books and articles, talk to people, post these things on my social media – all in hopes that someone will read it and find something valuable from it to share and talk about with their children, parents, classmates, colleague, etc.

When we no longer want to learn, what does that mean.  Whether it be learning how to play the latest Facebook game or put together a bookshelf.  When we see that social media continues to evolve, we must keep on top of it if we have children who are vulnerable.

Bravo to @MPJoySmith  who wrote on Twitter about child protection/internet filters/online content – https://twitter.com/MPJoySmith.  That’s a step in the right direction as the U.K. continue to forge ahead with their framework of exactly those things as announced this week by David Cameron who is the Prime Minister of the U.K.

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The outline of the landscape is changing as it should.  The more people that continue to ‘fight the fight’, changes will happen.

I have been messaging with Leah Parsons in the past few days.  It has been real good to be able to share thoughts with another parent who is travelling on the same road as myself.  Unfortunately however, there are others who stand by the side to wave and chat.  We always have lots of  soft tissue.

As Glen Canning said in Winnipeg in May, this is one parent group that we don’t want to increase the size of its membership.  It takes a village to raise a child.

Come on communities, speak up to your officials to make the change happen.

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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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9 Responses to July 24 – Say what, you ask???

  1. Dawn Steel says:

    Hugs and a high five for continuing on and helping to do what needs to be done. I understand completely the question of “why bother, what will come of it” because I ask myself that same thing sometimes and you have been integral in helping me remember the “why” – because things need to change and it takes action and dialogue to help that happen… because it hurts to read yet another story and know what those parents are feeling… because we CAN do something, so we HAVE to. Many hugs for you…

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  2. Renée B. says:

    You are speaking up in Amanda’s name. By continuing Amanda’s fight and lobbying for change in the field of social media, you are keeping her memory alive and giving a voice, and tools, to those who are scared and feel helpless.

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  3. merle48 says:

    No need to explain what drives you Carol. The answers to that are probably “more” than you can put into words on this blog…and they ARE your own…besides helping others. Although, I could guess that this is your way of trying to heal and understand it all, if just a little. People who ask callous questions do not need to receive a reply…and that is your right!

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  4. Savetheworld says:

    Who are these idiots asking you these questions? They’re just trolls don’t mind them Carol. We all know what your fight is about and we are so proud of you!! You have and will make major changes to the world as we know it! Keep going we’re all here right behind you supporting you and loving you! Xo

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  5. jag72 says:

    The past belongs to the past.
    Only video of Amanda is a path to follow so that errors of this style never happen.
    people who want personal information and morbid are only scavengers.
    People to ignore

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  6. la Punisher says:

    Yes.. You are Amanda’s mother and always will be, And you are
    being a wonderful mother helping your daughter’s dream of ‘Helping Other Kids’
    to come true, How marvelous is that???
    People should be more concerned about changing law’s (social media, cyber-bullying, etc)
    than asking about those things that is really none of their freaking business…

    You are doing a wonderful job don’t give up ‘Stay Strong, Keep Fighting the Good Fight’

    Hugz 2U

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  7. H.I.D. says:

    You Are Standing Up for what Amanda beleived in.
    (and doing an AMAZING Job !!!)
    Helping other kids, and sending out Amanda’s message.
    You are Forever Loved Amanda, your Mom is helping
    me to Stay Strong.

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