I was struck by two very different articles in this morning’s newspapers.
The Province carried a story called, ‘Take back Facebook’ which highlighted an ugly reality of cyberspace. That reality is that there are people out there (called trolls), who search for memorial sites and place inappropriate (at best) and confrontational messages. Sad to say, we’ve seen those trolls on Chris’ site too including this past week. We remove them and ban them and then move on. You know why? They are wee trolls (as in small and insignificant). In other words, those actions only speak to the people conducting those actions and they are not indicative of the majority.
I wrote early on in this blog experience about how Facebook Saved our Lives. We remember those days so clearly. Ingrid would spend hours each day reading the messages of support and in those darkest of nights, they kept us going. We still encourage anyone who wants to know about Chris and our family to read this blog and read the messages on his memorial site. The whole story is there including the 2 part eulogy.
So from wee trolls we move to article number two featuring We Day. This is very cool. This is an event happening in Vancouver today that is tied to Free the Children. What I love about this is that it is youth inspiring youth. It is everything that is positive about young people. Vision, desire, passion, action. Love it.
You can check out We Day and all it means via this link.
Technology provides opportunity. As humans we can make that positive or negative.
We will continue to monitor the bad and deal with wee trolls, because we know that the power of good as exhibited through the We Day events is the REAL power of young people today.