I was back at home in Vancouver, B.C. for the start of this trial, and after arriving in Amsterdam, I was able to sit and listen to the trial in person. Sitting in the courtroom and hearing what he allegedly did not only to Amanda, but others throughout the years, made this horrible story all the more real.
Carol Todd is the mother of two and an advocate to many. Carol's daughter Amanda Todd brought to the world's attention the concequences of cyberbullying, and the need to address bullying in general among our youth. Carol continues the spread Amanda's message and carry on her dream of helping kids. The Amanda Todd Legacy was created by Carol to help others in need with resources and assistance for anti-bullying, mental health and cyber safety.
We know that it takes more brain power to create positive thoughts and comments. Humans are using parts of their brain which facilitate the strengthening of logical reasoning and social emotions. This hopefully equates to more positivity and a transference to being kinder to others and being someone who stands up for others.
01/19/2017 11:04 EST
We need to educate and talk with our kids more. They may not listen, but we have to find a way to get to their hearts and soul. We need to suppress our desire to blame, and teach our children how to show respect, kindness and compassion. We need to empower them to make them stronger and more resilient. Victims need to reach out rather than become isolated, sad and depressed. We have to teach our young people to become the ones who speak out against actions that hurt others and to also be the ones that stand the strongest against the behaviours that are being done to others.
09/16/2016 11:59 EDT
The night of the performance is one that will be etched in my mind forever. As Amanda, you always dreamed of being on a big stage surrounded by lights and music. In the performance piece called "My Name is Amanda Todd," that is what happened.
05/25/2016 10:41 EDT
This was the fourth Christmas with Amanda gone. It feels just like the first one with the deep sighs and sadness. I personally am not feeling that it gets easier with each year going by because the loss is still there. It's not about forgetting or getting over it. It's about missing someone you loved. Yes certainly, we have other family that we love and care about. And we don't love them any less. My experiences this Christmas season have been phenomenal for giving back. Some on my own and some with Amanda's legacy.
12/29/2015 01:12 EST
This was one of the anticipated birthdays you were looking forward to other than 16 where you could finally learn to drive. But sadly, it was not a milestone you would ever reach. I often wonder what you would be like as an adult in our ever changing world.= What would the future hold if you hadn't had that awful Thanksgiving weekend and that horrible experience you came home to tell me about. If you had been able to sleep better that weekend. If others had just left you alone.
11/27/2015 09:51 EST
Dear Amanda, Happy 18th birthday, honey! I have to say that although each day and year passing that you are gone it has been hard but this year seems to be harder than the others. This year will be more contributions to your legacy that will have impact. This is your graduating year. An event that you talked about and looked forward to since you were in grade school.
12/01/2014 01:14 EST
In the past 20 months, my journey has been filled with meeting a variety of people. The majority are thoughtful, kind and compassionate. This is a letter that I found in my inbox that "fills the bucket." I believe that words and writers like this deserve to be shared.
06/17/2014 12:58 EDT
I am sure many around the world have read the headlines. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that Amanda's alleged perpetrator would be found in the Netherlands.
04/21/2014 12:58 EDT
Dear Amanda, Happy Valentine's Day! I can remember all the times watching you write out your V Day cards and scrunching up your face when licking the back of the envelopes. After card #15, you couldn't stand the taste. Thanks Amanda for putting a fire under your mom and all the others who care.
02/14/2014 12:38 EST
Bell Let's Talk Day was on Tuesday. This is a campaign which is very near and dear to my heart. My daughter Amanda had depression and anxiety. When she finally had the courage to speak up and talk about how she felt, others made fun of her.
01/29/2014 12:34 EST
Happy birthday baby girl!!! No words can describe how I feel as I sit here and write these words to you on what is and should have been your 17th birthday or what would have been your 17th birthday. You have missed many landmarks in life that you were looking so forward to.
11/27/2013 05:52 EST
I went to Ottawa for the tabling of the new Cyberbullying Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday. It has been a long time coming, and as parents who have lost our children, it is a necessity. The question that I heard the most from media was this one: Do you think this piece of legislation would have 'saved' Amanda? YES.
11/25/2013 05:14 EST
I woke up today to the headlines about the story of Rebecca Sedwick in Florida and that two girls had been charged with the cyberharassment that was endured. It makes me wonder again how kids can be that mean and cruel towards others. I always wonder -- do their parents know?
10/16/2013 05:59 EDT
I wonder how many people know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day all over the world? This also happens to be the same date that I lost the ability to laugh and cry with my daughter in real time. From here on in, I will work to bring awareness to mental health issues on this date. I invite all those who want to help do this each year by Lighting Up Purple for World Mental Health Day.
10/08/2013 12:32 EDT
Back from WE DAY Toronto 2013. What a fantastic event. To be able to listen to the speakers and absorb what they had to say was pretty amazing. And then feeling the energy in the building with over 20,000 youth present. It was certainly one of those magical moments. Although I don't always feel the spiritual world around me, I did feel Amanda's presence at We Day Toronto.
09/26/2013 12:24 EDT
Today was a year to the date when Amanda Todd and I went to Whiterock B.C. to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather of September and take so many selfies of each other. It was a hilarious day. One of which I will never forget as I saw Amanda in the carefree state that she once was just a couple of years back.
09/16/2013 06:16 EDT
It's hard to believe that it has been a year since Amanda initially posted her video to YouTube. And even stranger to see that with combined views from different sources, that there have been over 28-million views. I continue to receive comments from people all around the world about having seen the video for the very first time. I also keep hearing about the positive impacts it has made on those who have watched it. They felt a connection with the video. They thought about their own lives and decided on a change. All these are good things that have come out of this.
09/09/2013 12:35 EDT
School is starting soon. There are many anxious youths out there not looking forward to those first weeks of school. Hopefully this school year will be one where kindness and respect are a focus. Hopefully we won't lose any more young people while we wait.
08/27/2013 12:14 EDT
On Saturday, it will be 10 months since my daughter, Amanda, left us. I am trying to keep myself busy so I don't feel that dark cloud come upon me as it does every month. I am excited to meet all the people who have come into my life in the past 10 months. They all have made a difference and that's what it is all about. They rally around and support and make change. I am so happy to finally meet, hug, say hello and share stories. These are all warm and giving people.
08/14/2013 08:29 EDT
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