The Extraordinarily Powerful Message Every Parent Should Read
This is Mallory Grossman.
Last month Mallory committed suicide.
She was 12 years old.
Her mom posted something that I believe is important for every parent to read.
It's about the danger of social media.
And how what you say on social media isn't a joke.
It can have very serious consequences.
Here's what Mallory's mom wrote:
Moms, (and Dads)
After months of bullying at school, my daughter ended her life of June 14, 2017. #mallorysarmy
I've chosen to speak out about this.
And I need your help.
We must manage, oversee, and parent our children's social media use.
Yes, you all suffer from "not my child syndrome" ...
Humiliation, Exclusion, and intimidation IS BULLYING!
The "you can't sit with us" was only funny in a movie, not in real life, and certainly not for Mallory.
Her life in 6th grade, was horrible.
We did our best, didn't allow her to have access to Snap Chat, limited her time, online...
Still her bully's found access to her... it was their mission...
Now they have tears of getting caught... they don't shed the same tears we do... her family.
Suicide is now an option.
Children 10-15, it's the 2nd leading cause of death... that's right! #2.
Your child is more likely to DIE by their own hands, as a result of social media cyber bullying, than get cancer or in a car accident.
This drive to "one up" someone... exclude them, make fun of ... has to end with you.
Your JOB as a parent is to teach them, there is always someone better than you, and less fortunate..
My daughter Mallory was full of life, she was a cheerleader, good student, well liked by her inner circle, gymnast, sister, daughter, granddaughter.. and was hated in the halls of middle school.
The target placed on her back, lead directly to her heart.
It's my mission to educate and create legislation that will hold your children accountable for what they post online.
The laws to force social media parenting are coming ...
Start now before you wear my shoes...
Credits: Mallory's Army
There are a lot of good things about social media.
But there's also a really ugly side.
Honestly it's amazing the things people say and do on social media.
And as I said at the top, sometimes those things can lead to very serious consequences.
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