After the Dr Phil Show – November 28, 2014

Not knowing what to expect or how the Dr Phil Show would put together my interview was a daunting thought.  I didn’t get to see all of it but I saw enough that made me cry when I viewed it for the first time.  I have since seen in 3 times and have picked up a new tidbit each time.  The comments that I have received back have been mostly positive.  On the Dr Phil site, there have been comments that have ranged the usual of ‘where were the parents?’ and ‘why wasn’t the internet monitored’.  Once again, can you really keep your teen kids off everything all the time, especially when the internet and FREE WIFI is everywhere. I have heard the same thing continuously, I took my child off the internet and deleted the Facebook account (or any other social media network) but only to find out that another account had been created on someone else’s technology.  Very common!!! We also have those people who just won’t go away and follow and troll comments all the time.  To those people, don’t you have your own life to lead.

I think that where I was at 2:30 on Friday afternoon was a surprise for one person.  The Dr Phil Show was playing on the TV in the waiting area.  The lady sitting 4 down from me was watching the screen. She then realized that the person on the TV was me in the same room. Surprise!!

I went later that night to a local casino to just unwind.  Walking around, a lady passed me. She looked determined to find the group she was with. But then in the next turn, she was in front of me asking if I had been on TV that afternoon.  I told her yes.  She then said her thank you’s and wanted a hug.  So we hugged.  Hugging is good. Hugs are free and if you have watched the Dr Phil Show, one of the tidbits was to be mindful, kind and more respectful to one another.  Because ultimately, being a positive role model is a good thing.  I gave the lady the pink Amanda Todd bracelet I was wearing. The same one that was shown on TV.  I love seeing the joy in people’s faces.

Kindness is so inexpensive.  It can be in the form of a smile or a hug!!  And it can mean so much to someone.

Make sure to watch this coming Thursday, December 4th.  I was again at the taping and got to sit in the audience in the front row.  I think they were the EXPERT seats  (as my friends call them) but I didn’t get to say anything even though I had a mic on.

I loved both my experiences on Dr Phil.  It was an experience of a lifetime.


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.
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10 Responses to After the Dr Phil Show – November 28, 2014

  1. Carol, I posted on your page, but just wanted you to know how proud I am of you. You spoke eloquently and made important points. I shared the episode on Grace’s Memorial page on FB (tho I suggested ppl could skip the middle section!) IMHO, you should have been the main part of the show. And we need more about this. I personally think it’s time to go back to Washington for more advocacy- we aren’t having the same national discussion here as you are getting from your government in Canada. I can’t help thinking that time is ticking…


  2. Hamsi says:

    Agreed. Kindness is inexpensive. But not too many people nowadays seem to be able to afford the small change. In spite of the onslaught she faced, Amanda was kind. And that is why her story resonates the way it does. Keep up the good work, Carol.


  3. Dear Carol,
    My name is Melissa and My 13 year old son hung himself in my house,in his room october 17th. Im so lost right now with out him. How are you so strong? Im really good at putting up a wall and putting on that mask but idk how much longer it is going to work. Now that its christmas, well, here come the tears. i would love to meet you and hug you so i can feel what its like to be so strong!!! Cross was bullied at school. Can we maybe work together and change the programs at school for our children. I have 3 other sons and i dont want them to go thru what cross did. Its bad enough they found him.:(


    • la Punisher says:

      To Melissa…
      I just want to express the sorrow I feel for your loss, I am so sorry that bad things happen to good people, We have to teach our young people not to be a..holes and respect each other and above all else you have to ‘ stay strong my sister ‘ God bless the brokenhearted


    • Hamsi says:

      Melissa, I am so sad for you and for your son. Please accept my sympathies. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain he must have felt. And you, and everyone else in your family. I am also angry at the people who did this to him. May his soul rest in peace.


    • Melissa. You poor, sweet woman, I am so very, very sorry. Unfortunately there are many of us united in this nightmare, which seems so insurrmountable early on. We are all in this together, and I think change will slowly come, but please know that you are not alone, and that there is no ‘right way’ to get through this horrible, horrible period. Just breath. Give yourself permission to just breath…if you need to. There were days I didn’t get out of bed… my other 3 children needed me so I did, but it doesn’t change the loss. I know you will join in the advocacy fight when you are able. I will be keeping you, Cross and your family in my prayers. Chris


  4. beth says:

    I say to hell with the idiots who think they have a solution in hindsight.


  5. merle48 says:

    I guess when you or any person puts themselves in the ‘limelight’ the criticism comes with the territory. Even on a small scale as with neighbors, school, and work, the criticism and gossip attach to anyone who ‘stands out’ from the others–for whatever reason. You believe in what you are doing, as do many others–probably the majority of followers. . Keep up the good fight, it’s the only way to go!


  6. la Punisher says:

    It’s true…some people know how to be kind to others…. and some should have been flushed at birth
    Hugs are free.. So here’s one 4U…’ HUG ‘


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