Yesterday I reposted a very tongue in cheek post about raising my boys to be complete buffoons so that someday it would be payback to my daughters-in-law who will ultimately hate me. Anyone who either reads my site or lacks a stick up their arse knows that it was meant to be completely humorous. I would totally give my future daughter-in-law my “secret” recipe for enchiladas. You know, if she was too lazy to log onto my site and print it out. Also? My kids don’t have favorite cookies because I am not a cookie baking kind of mom and if they don’t know how to do the laundry, then I have to do it for them. So, I taught them. And? They do dishes and they mow the lawn too. BAM.
You know what else I have taught them? The perils of the internet. I’ve been reminding them for years to think before they type or send a photo or record a vine because what they put on the internet STAYS on the internet. FOR. EVER. Like, for example, having a Facebook status that says you’re horny.
Last night I was checking through some of my stats and noticed a site called StepTalk.org was sending me a significant amount of hits. I clicked on the site so that I could follow them on all of their social media outlets and give them a “thank you” shout out. As the site loaded my desire to say thank you turned into a desire to say something else ending in you.
I tweeted out the nasty words someone said about me on a board on their site. When you act like jerk and try and rally others to become part of your “angry mob” you should be called out. That’s what bullies do. And? I have no tolerance for bullies. Within minutes the post was removed. I can only assume that like a rabies-ridden bat, when the light was shone on the person who started this board they retreated to their dark cave. Knowing they might remove the post, I took screenshots of it. You can see below what he/she thought was worth writing about me on the internet. And the pitchfork comment? Piles of class.
Let this serve as a reminder to all of us and most importantly as a call to once again talk to our teens about what they do on texts, Snapchat, the internet and whatever the next big thing is. Like Vegas, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you do on the internet stays on the internet. Make sure you are proud of it. Ask yourself if it is something you might regret posting. If the answer is yes, or if there is even a small doubt, don’t do it.
UPDATE: I would like to tell all of you that I received the kindest, most wonderful apology from the person who started this thread. I am choosing not to post it here because she sent it to me privately and I don’t feel I have the right to. But honestly, it’s perhaps the most sincere apology I have ever received and I thank her for sending it.