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Think before you post that video

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Have you seen the most recent, “teachable moment?” If so, have you done anything with it or just let it pass?
Karen Klein, the 68-year-old school bus aide from Greece, New York was bullied by four middle school students — being taunted, poked and made fun of until she cried.
There are so many things that families can discuss about this incident.
The first, of course, is why? Why would any youth torment an elderly person once, let alone until they made someone cry?
The next is about kids posting videos on YouTube. Sometimes the result of posting something ugly can be beneficial to the world and open doors for discussion. Think about it.
Discuss with young people what they should and should not post on YouTube and why. Let them know that being in a video that’s been posted isn’t always their choice.
Someone once posted a video of me discussing a program that I was helping to get funding, but they didn’t ask me.
I didn’t have a choice. If I had, maybe I would have done things differently. Perhaps I would have worn a better outfit. Perhaps I would have scripted out my wording a little better. The point is I didn’t have a choice.
Anyone with a cell phone can take pictures and post things for the world to see. Tell your children to bear that in mind.


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