“Adult” Cyberbullying

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So. . . I was on TV last night. Not for the fun crafty stuff that I do on occasion. But for something far more severe. I’ve always known that cyberbullying is serious, but now ...

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    1. Jennifer says:

      I saw your article on AOL. This is the very reason I keep photos of me and my teen daughter off the internet. No facebook photos, no blogs, nothing. When we put a photo up (such as for Twitter, Facebook, YELPing, or Pinterest) it is always my daughter’s American Girl doll that looks like her. There are a lot of good folks out there and a lot of people who do harm. Stay safe!

      • Melissa says:

        It’s such a difficult situation. You want to protect them, but in my case, the thing that has saved me is the fact that I have a backlog of 8 years of images associated with my name that had more juice than those featured on the extortion website. It motivates me to create positive content associated with my name and my kids’ names.

    2. Elizabeth says:

      I’m really sorry this happened to you. I hope resolution and justice are swift.

      Protect your images, everyone! My face has been used, without my permission, to advertise products and services I have no connection with or knowledge of. In some cases, I didn’t understand what I was signing when I was 22 and gave away all rights to my images, and in other cases, my contracts were simply ignored.

      I feel I just don’t have the wherewithal to pursue any compensation in the cases where my contracts were ignored – the arithmetic just doesn’t make it seem worth the effort. I understand the other scenario is pretty much my own fault.

      So, I have to tell myself that I’m ok with my face being out there, used over and over…and quit whining about it.

      Please understand in no way do I feel *you* are whining, Melissa – you have taken action, you have reached out to educate others, and it sounds like you’re moving on. It’s me I’m talking about that needs to stop bemoaning the use of my image – I decided not to do anything…I need to live with that choice. :-/

      I just wanted to send out the additional warning that…allllll kinds of things can happen to your image, some of them not even so bad…just…lol where’s my dime or two?

    3. Kelly Smith says:

      I am so sorry this happened. You are amazing!

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