Carol Todd says she wants to tell kids to stand up to bullying.
Todd’s daughter Amanda took her own life at age 15 after harassment and cyber bullying.
She has been telling kids in the Peace this week that hurtful behaviours are wrong and are harmful to someone’s mental health.
“What else is important is that, when it’s being done to yourself or you see it being done to someone else, you need to rise above and you need to tell someone that it is happening, you need to make it stop because when you don’t, you’re just adding to the whole problem.”
Todd is encouraging young people to talk to an adult they trust if they need help.
“And it’s not about, you know, tattling or anything, it’s about being that decent, everyday citizen.”
Todd says technology and social media add a whole other element to what she calls “this whole realm of behaviour.”
“It seems to make it easier and you can hide behind a keyboard, you can hide behind a screen and you don’t think you’re going to be caught or you all-of-a-sudden have this extra braveness that you think you can say these words, but you really have to think before you hit send, you have to think about what you’re sending, how you’re saying things.”
Todd spoke in Grimshaw Monday, Manning Tuesday and will be in Fairview today. There is a community presentation in Fairview tonight at 7 p.m. at Fairview High School. The sessions have been organized by the Peace River School Division.
Photo of Carol Todd speaking in Grimshaw Monday from the Peace River School Division Facebook page