|National Cyberbully Day|
|Written by Andrew on Friday, 11 March 2011 22:32|
Originally Aired: March 6, 2011
Tonja traveled to Chagrin Falls, Ohio to help kick off National Cyberbully Awareness Day. Part of this day was devoted to a Panel Discussion at Town Hall on how children and teens across America are being affected by this phenomenon of using cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media to bully or harass one another and what can be done to prevent it.
Tonja pre-recorded with Nicholas Lehman and Kirk Zajak regarding their very touching story of tragedy and forgiveness. Nicholas' son Andy committed suicide four years ago after being bullied by Kirk and others from his school bus.
Tonja also spoke with Mark Pollock, founder of Kids First. Kids First has a tool kit for parents to monitor their children's texts, emails, and social media posts in a less obtrusive manner and are even partnering with schools and parents to use the installation and use of the tool kit for fundraising. For more information about the Kids First tool kit,
Mark also co-authored with his wife, "Generation Friend Me". There is a phenomenon going on right now in American like no other time in history. It seems as if not even a few hours goes by, let alone a day, whereby the average teens does not click a button to accept or send a friend me request on Facebook, or to send or receive a tweet More... on Twitter, or to quickly craft one of the 3600 text messages sent out each month on average by today's youth. Teens are flocking in droves to be liked or to be followed and to feel as if they fit in and are part of something special. They are willing to, in essence, bare it all on the internet. They are willing to share who they are, where they live, their personal contact information, what they like to do, where they like to go, what their hobbies are, intimate thoughts about their personalities, what music or movies they like, things going on in their lives daily or in some cases hourly, and on and on and on.
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