I was trying to find a picture to reflect my feelings about Carol Todd’s talk in our class last week and the beautiful nickname that she had for her daughter, Amanda Todd. She told our class the story about the day Amanda was born and the unusual snowy weather that day, which is where Amanda’s nickname came from. I thought the snowflake/ snowball analogy was very inspiring. A single snow flake can melt easily and thought it is beautiful and unique it is not nearly as string as a snowball which is made up lots of snowflakes. I thought this was a great way to show us how we are much stronger when we are surrounded by our loved ones.
The picture below is one I found when searching for princess snowflake images. I thought this was very powerful. I saw Amanda as the snow princess, very beautiful but not quite happy. I saw the dragon behind her which I associated with the bullies and her perpetrator. This picture just stood out to me.
Photo credit: http://annemaria48.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Winter-578319515
Carol gave another analogy that I really liked. Being a parent of a son who is currently taking his defensive drivers ed class, the car/ computer analogy really hit home for me. I have a ten year old daughter that I need to teach about computer safety and I am making sure my son is going to be safe in a vehicle, by having enrolled him in drivers ed. I still talk to my son about computer safety and he is 15 years old. But she had a point, would a parent give their teenager keys and just say there you go, go for it. If not then why give them a computer without teaching them how to use it safely, so as not to have them get hurt while online. She just seems so wise on the topic and the reason she has educated herself is just so sad.
Carol is such an aspiring woman. Being a teacher, she knows how important teaching technology is to her students. And despite what a negative impact technology has had on her life, she seems to have a passion for it. Or maybe a passion for educating parents and teachers on how to educate their students and children to safely utilize technology. I don’t know if I would have her strength in the same situation. She is utterly amazing. I hope she continues to advocate and educate.