Monday, May 18, 2009

And It's Only Monday...



I have been reading all these articles on the Internet about cyber harassment and tech harassment. Kids being cruel to one another by the Internet or by the cell phone. Jesus, like kids and teenagers don't have enough problems? They need someone bullying them with txt messages? It astounds me how vicious kids can be. I don't understand why they have to be so mean.
Seriously, stop it.

I'm going to tell you something, this was happening on a low degree to my daughter. Some little girl was bullying her in school and started txting her, on Friday she sent this a couple times, "just so you know, I hate you." There is nothing I would have rather done than gone all Rebecca De Mornay in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle on her. For real. I can take a lot myself, I will shut up, shut down, walk away when it's me. When it's my kids (right Jen? you still there Big Mouse?) it's a whole other ball game...

So I called the Mother of the girl. This had been going on for long enough. My daughter had asked me not to do anything. I didn't at first because she said she would be embarrassed.Then the txt messages started. Honestly, as a mother, if my child was harassing someone else I would want to know. I think we all have to stick together in this day and technological age. Kids send indecent pictures and don't get into college, they send mean txts and the recipient has committed suicide. I don't think it's being a tattletale. I think it's being responsible.

Like Marguerite says, "Each of us had more power over the world than we can imagine," use it for good.
I try to make it so clear to my children, especially my daughter, because I dvr Oprah and watch it on occasion. It's scary out there.

I have an eleven and a half year old GIRL.

Then Password is... Vigilance.

10 comments:

Sue Jacquette said...

YES! Agree one hundred percent!!!

Kathy said...

Completely agree. I hope the mother addressed this issue.

Simple Answer said...

Soooooo....what did the mom do? I would be mortified if my girls ever did that. And I'd want to know.

Wow, that was awkward said...

There is always a threshold when it involves protecting your kids. I would have called too.

Who is Oprah?

Amy said...

Asude, thank you. :)
Kathy and SA- she did address it. She was lovely and said she wanted to know. The little girl called and apologized and it has been fine since then.
Wow-Oh yes, the things we will do when it comes to protecting them. Like lion parents. :)
Oprah? I dunno. I just made that up.

ms. bliss said...

I totally agree with you, mama bear!

How was the other mother when you called? Hopefully this is soon a non issue for you and your daughter....I have three daughters and I would have done the same thing!

ms. bliss said...

whoops...just saw your comment above :)

Anonymous said...

of course you had to call. it makes my heart shrivel just thinking of that message. you know i had my own little story like that when i was 11. they had me tested for ulcers i was in such pain. from another 11 yr old girl. i hope this mother was receptive. if it continues please let me know - i will fly over and take care of the girl and the mother!
i love your art. ba

Christy said...

Yes, you should say something...and I would want to know if my child was abusing someone in that way (cuz let's be honest, that's what it is.) Was the girl's mom not receptive? I never get that...why do some parents pretend their kids would never do anything wrong? How are you going to raise a responsible kid if you're never willing to look at the fact that they're not perfect 100% of the time?

twist said...

No it's not. It's Friday. S'up witchoo, girl?