Dear Facebook: These notes are officially becoming a source of torture.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone wrote a handbook of social media rules and etiquette to guide parents and kids in today’s digital age? By the way, please refrain from using kids in these photos. It only makes them more attractive to internet trolls.
I’ve noticed, ironically, that in teaching this lesson in “online privacy”, many people like, share and comment with their state and sometimes city of residence.
Congratulations Michelle! Your picture is making the rounds and pushed me over the edge today!
At this point you might be thinking Geez Louise, J. J.’s a little touchy today. In the words of ‘friend in my head’ Andy Cohen, “Here’s what.”
The one year anniversary of the publication of “Sophie” is literally right around the corner, February 18th. Less than two months after publishing I was contacted by an editor at the Saudi Gazette (the most widely read newspaper in Saudi Arabia), Molouk Y. Ba-Isa, one of the first female journalists to ever work in the Kingdom over twenty years ago… and she wanted to interview me(?) and feature the book. She ended up writing a full page, 1500 word article.
Every time I see another one of these handwritten notes show up in my timeline, I can’t help but wonder what it will take for just one influential journalist here in the US to take notice.
When I saw the Today Show Weekend article and segment on Miss Bour’s note above, I was practically yelling into the television at Sheinelle Jones, “Don’t you remember “Sophie”, that book you loved when you interviewed me at Good Day Philadelphia about this very topic?”
No need to call the whaaambulance.
It’s just that I believe so passionately in this book as a tool for educators and parents to start thoughtful conversations with kids about what constitutes appropriate online behavior, along with the complications and potential pitfalls that can be avoided through prevention.
If you haven’t already, please consider picking up a copy of “@Sophie Takes a #Selfie” ~ Rules and Etiquette for Taking Good Care Before You Share for your classroom or family.
Thanks for stopping by,
ox J. J.
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Amen!! I don’t know WHY these silly notes are going around the internet when everything they need to REALLY teach children about the internet is right in your book. Frustrating! – And, obviously, this is one of the roots of the problems. If we as adults don’t know what, why and how to talk to kids – or want to research more appropriate tools for doing so – how can we expect kids to know any better?!?!? 🙂