Let's face it, the internet has changed the way we interact in the world especially how we communicate with each other. It is easier to be mean and say damaging things when you can't see or hear the person; when you can send a text message, email, or post something on someone's social media page. All too often anonymonity hides cowardice and creates a false sense of courage.
Sometimes parents can be part of the problem by participating in bullying. Sadly, this is what happened to Megan Meier, who, on October 16, 2006, took her own life after being a victim of cyber-bullying. I wept when I read her story of that fateful day, then immediately felt anger at the parents who participated in hatefully bullying her.
For Megan's story, visit: https://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/megans-story.html
This is sadly one of the many stories of youth who have been victims of cyber-bullying. I recently found out that one of my office staff's daughter was bullied daily in her high school. When her mother told the school that they needed to do something or she would take matters into her own hands, they said, "You can't do that." Needless to say, they didn't do anything which resulted in a brutal fight.
I made a decision several months ago, after hearing about Megan and other's stories that we must do something! Thankfully, at The Love Ed. Movement™, we are.
This coming Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. we welcome parents and teens to come talk about on-line dangers and ways to stay safe. The topics we will specifically address:
Teen Dating Violence
Meg Martinez-Dettamante and I will provide education on the risks as well as key tips for what parents and teens can do to stay safe. Everyone will receive our power point presentation(folks must attend in order to receive our powerpoint) as well as a teen safety tip postcard, and information about our programs. This is going to be a night of much needed education and support for parents and teens.
WE STILL HAVE SEATS AVAILABLE!!
JUNE 21,2017: Parent-Teen Education Night! Join us for a night of food and education on risks and how keep your teens safe in a cyber-obsessed world! $10 per person! https://www.smore.com/99dap