For the past few months I have been referring to this new “social media” world we are living in as Anti Social Media. After watching 60 minutes tonight, I was compelled to make sure you all watch it as well. There is nothing social about it. Parents, our children need our help – they are being brainwashed before our eyes and if we don’t do something about it NOW, no one will. Please watch by following this link
Here is an additional link all parents should watch if they have ever felt their kids were addicted to their phones.
Was a punishment handed down today? Yes. Does the punishment fit the crime? I don’t know? Was justice served? I don’t know? I don’t think there are actual answers to these questions. I believe in faith, humanity, kindness and goodwill and these are qualities that I control in my life – they help me keep the anger away and allow me to focus on positive changes. This has been a long road (that we have just begun) but I am happy to turn this small page. It is now more than ever that I must do more – I must turn this mess into a message. The Jordanstrong Foundation was established with one goal in mind: To put an end to all forms of bullying and to educate both parents and children on the rapidly expanding and the uncensored world of Social Media. We intend to raise awareness of this growing issue one child at a time. Thank you for supporting me over the last 3 months and I look forward to your continued support as we focus on making a difference in the life of a child!
Someone recently said to me, “I can’t understand how bad you must feel but do you really think you’re going to make a difference?” I appreciate the question and I can see how some people might feel as if it is a waste of time. However, I feel it is my responsibility as a citizen, parent and human being to make a difference and that is exactly what I WILL do. And much to my surprise, … Click to Continue reading
Merriam-Webster defines the term Not Guilty as follows:
1: a plea by a criminal defendant who intends to contest the charges
2: a verdict rendered by a jury acquitting a criminal defendant upon finding that the prosecution has not proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt
I agree with the legal definition but … Click to Continue reading
Jordan’s Law was introduced to the California State Legistature by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh. To follow the progress of Jordan’s Law (assembly bill 1542), go here.
(Woodland Hills) –Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) will host a press conference to discuss “Jordan’s Law”, Assembly Bill 1542, in response to a surge in violent attacks for the purpose of filming and sharing on social media.
Assemblymember Dababneh became alarmed about social media motivated attacks after local teen and El Camino Real Charter High School student, Jordan Peisner, was viciously assaulted by another teen outside a fast food restaurant in December.
An associate of the perpetrator filmed the incident and posted it on social media where it quickly went viral. The individual that filmed the video has not been charged with any crime. Jordan suffered severe injuries, including a blood clot in his brain and permanent hearing loss.
The bill will criminalize conspiring with an attacker to videotape a violent crime.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce “Jordan’s Law”
WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: El Camino Real Charter High School (Anderson Hall)
5440 Valley Circle Blvd Woodland Hills
LIVE STREAM: This event will be available in real time via Facebook Live on the Assemblymember’s official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AssemblymemberDababneh
UPDATE: The event was recorded and is available for viewing on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLCJxTLbysQ&feature=youtu.be&a
TRACK THE BILL: Track the progress of Jordan’s Law through the California Legislature. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1542
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Cyberbullying is similar to traditional bullying in many ways; however, the main difference from traditional bullying, is that it doesn’t stop when the child is in the safety of his/her own home. A child who is cyberbullied is likely to be bullied at school as well. Cyberbullying can be relentless, prohibiting an escape for the victim, which can severely damage a child’s mental health and negatively affect self-esteem.
When a child is bullied at school or on the playground, he knows who his bully is. The “anonymity” associated with cyberbullying often leaves the victim feeling like he/she has no recourse. When explicit photographs or videos are uploaded to social media websites as a form of bullying, it is extremely difficult to delete or make this type of material disappear from the Internet. When combined with traditional bullying, cyberbullying can be extremely detrimental to the victim and his/her mental and physical well-being.
Where Does Cyberbullying Take Place?
Facebook and other social media websites can be used, and allow for “anonymous” cyberbullying to occur. For example, there may be a private group chat or page set up in which the child, who is the victim of the bullying is unaware of its existence. These more private setups are usually eventually discovered, which then brings the full weight of paranoia, embarrassment, and feelings of isolation on the victim. Text messages and group chats have the same effect upon its victims. Forums, typically gaming forums or other hobbyist forums, can also turn into cyberbullying arenas. Reddit.com, which is one of the largest and most visited social websites, is a forum-type of social media, and users there are nearly completely anonymous. This gives cyberbullies less empathy for their victims, and allows them to continually attack. Because the victim is not bullied at school or other areas where teachers are usually present, responsible adults are not alerted to the bullying or able to observe the usual tell-tale signs of bullying.
What are the Effects of Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying usually has long-term detrimental effects on a victim. Truancy is quite common when a victim is continually bullied both in-person and through technology. Also, their grades may suffer, their self-esteem is hurt, depression can set in, they may have increased health-related issues, abuse of alcohol and/or drugs may begin, and many more negative effects can occur, depending on the child. With children using technology at younger ages, the data collected in past years is becoming less relevant. In 2010-2011, the School Crime Supplement reported 9% of children in grades 6-12 are cyberbullied, but the increase in children that use technology can result in a much higher number.
Some individuals groom children in hopes of initiating sexual contact with them. Grooming usually happens in children with lower self-esteem and those children who have issues of loneliness or isolation. In these instances, a targeted cyberbullying campaign can also be a tool for a predator.
Cyberbullying should not be seen as any less of a threat as traditional bullying. Since most cyberbullying is inflicted upon a child without the presence of adult supervision, the consequences can be far reaching. Cyberbullying will evolve as new technology is used and adapted, and so should methods to not only react against cyberbullying, but also to be proactive and stop cyberbullying before it happens.
Want more information on cyberbullying? StopBullying.gov has an entire section dedicated to this topic.
Each year, tens of thousands of kids are bullied and cyberbullied with virtually no consequences. And now, with social media in the hands of almost every child, we are seeing more and more acts of violence and hate with each passing day. On December 2nd 2016, my son was viciously attacked while walking out of Wendy’s with his friends. As a result, he spent five days at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, including two days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. What makes this overwhelmingly worse is the fact that the attack was recorded—before, during, and after—and shared on social media (SnapChat story) almost immediately.
WHY? Why would someone viciously attack my son and then casually walk away from the scene, leaving him with a skull fracture, ruptured ear drum, a brain bleed, permanent hearing loss, and untold future injuries. And WHY would someone knowingly record the incident and then gleefully post it for everyone to see? For likes? To gain popularity? To get more followers?
This disgusting behavior is becoming common place and currently there are no legal penalties for an individual person who knowingly records a crime for no other reason than entertainment purposes. Recording a crime of which you have prior knowledge and sharing that recording for entertainment purposes should in itself be a crime, one with real consequences. And this is why we need your signature.
We are working with local government officials to draft, submit, and create a law (“Jordan’s Law”) that will make this kind of appalling act a punishable offense. We were not able to prevent this from happening to our son but maybe we can help prevent it from happening to your child.
We have created a website, www.jordanstrong.org where you can follow the progress of this law. In addition, we are partnering with several anti-bullying organizations, all of which can be accessed via jordanstrong.org.
You cannot control ignorance, you can only control how you react to it. Please help us make a difference and sign the PETITION!
Really! When did we become a nation of followers? I was raised to do the best I could do and always lead by example. I remember hearing my mother tell me (more than once), “Eddie, if your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow them?” The answer is no, I would not. It is time to stop following everyone and start LEADING BY EXAMPLE.
As I sit at my keyboard reflecting back over the last 30 days, I feel as if the incident that changed my son’s life was a lifetime ago. It is hard for me to believe that such a brief amount of time has passed. There are still so many unanswered questions that … Click to Continue reading