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Do you think the selfie trend is too self-destructive to teens?

16 Year-Old stabs and kills her best friend over humiliating selfies.

Stories like this stun me and I find myself asking why. Why would you take naked selfies with your BFF in the first place? And why would you show them to other people?

I think it drives how the thought,
One: Most teens don’t have the maturity to use technology responsibly.
Now, I am not saying all teens, but I will say I believe the vast majority of teens really don’t have the maturity needed to make wise choices with technology.
I thank God, social media was not around when I was a teenager! I can only imagine the images that would be forever available in cyberspace.
Two: Teens all too often don’t realize their actions have consequences. They are reactive; quickly making foolish choices, unaware of the ramifications. Stupidly snapping pictures and posting them of Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat. By the time they realize their mistake, the damage is done. Once it’s been put out in cyberspace, you can’t undo the damage.
Three: Social Media is life to teen girls. I once read research which stated, “‘Social Media’ is as important to most girls as breathing.” That is quite the hefty statement, but I whole hardily agree. I have a teen daughter and I have worked with teen girls for over 20 years. They define themselves by how many likes/comments they get on a picture or post. They believe they are ugly, fat, stupid…if that is what people are saying about them or telling them anonymous on sites like Ask.Com. They lack the maturity to recognize all too often, those ugly comments are likely one or two people creating fake identities and bombing them purposefully. All they see or hear is what their peers are saying, telling, or showing. They don’t have the ability to separate reality or truth from lies.

Makes me wonder, is social media safe for our kids? As an anti-bully activist, I have heard many, many cases of girls commiting suicide as a result of cyber bullying. And then there are stories like this. One girl lost her life and one will lose her qualitly of life and future.
What do you think? Is the selfie trend too self-destructive? #selfieselfdestruction

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Ban Bossy, Encourage Leadership

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Motivation Monday!

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Respect Yourself; Rid Your Life Of Toxic People

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How Do Your Words Taste?

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Help me bring Finding Kind to Sonoma County!!

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“To re-dress the mean girl phenomenon, ‘Finding Kind’ has worthy goals…[a] helpful tool for educators and parents”

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO MAKE A DONATION AND GET A TAX WRITE-OFF FOR 2013! Would you consider helping The Mean Girl Extinction Project bring this movement and documentary to Sonoma County? We are a California Non-Profit and all donations will be tax deductible!
Finding Kind
Donations can be made through Paypal. Just click on Make a Donation in the left side bar. Or click on this link. Make a Donation

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Do You Know Who You Are?

Be Yourself

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We are going to be on The Barb Marshall Show!

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Property of The Barb Marshall Show


I am very excited to announce, I will be a guest on The Barb Marshall Show. The show is part of Barb Marshalls Love Your Life Ministries.

Barb Marshall has a thriving ministry reaching out to women, both young and old. The reoccurring theme of her message is, “to love your life!” Through her talk show, juvenile hall outreach and help for hurting moms, she offers, “Real love, real hope, real joy and real faith.”

Barb has written a book too!

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Property of The Barb Marshall Show

As an aspiring author myself, I am anxious to ask her questions about her book!

We tape December 13th! I am very thankful for the opportunity The Mean Girl Extinction Project has to spread our own message of hope!

I will let you know the date it will air, just as soon as I know!

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Women Behaving Badly by Alana Munro

Women Behaving Badly
I never really experience bullying growing up, though I knew mean girls. As an adult, I have not been targeted by “mean women” although I have had interaction with plenty of them. The truth for me is, I surround myself with positive and healthy friends and I am very blessed and thankful. I am completely aware, however this is not always the case. All you have to do is be on Facebook and you can recognize them right away.

Awhile back I met a woman who had contacted me after finding out about our project. She had asked me if we had anything for women who are being bullied. She went on to share with me a horrific story of losing her job, a result of one “mean woman” who just didn’t like her. She felt wrongly fired and was spending a lot of money trying to fight it in court. I took a poll last year asking women if they had ever been bullied by “mean women” with socially at work and the results were shocking.

This month as we share awareness on girl bullying, I wanted to make sure we included something about women bullies or “women behaving badly.”

I would like to introduce to you author Alana Munro. She recently wrote the book, Women Behaving Badly and she tackles this issue of adult female bullying.

‘Mean girls’ are all around us. We can’t always dodge their sneers, taunts or contemptuous hissing and often we can’t halt their quest to crush anyone who stands in their way. However, we can acknowledge that this aggressive (and often hidden) behavior does exist between females.
Opening our eyes to the toxic behavior that can go on between girls is a positive leap forward. Awareness of the pain caused by ‘mean girl’ behavior can help us navigate and protect ourselves and our friends from their negativity. We don’t need to suffer in silence anymore. We don’t need to accept their cruelty. We can band together and say no to their heartless mind-set.
I decided to push forward and share my experiences of female bullying, toxic behaviors, and ‘mean girls’. I wrote a book and titled it ‘Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship’. The response has been astonishing. Many young women, older women and girls have come forward and thanked me for my honesty. They feel liberated. They are no longer alone in their painful and often invisible struggles between the females in their life.
In my book, I have shared many deeply personal stories from my own life about how girls and women can sometimes behave, how we can protect ourselves and how we can secure healthier friendships in the future. I am an ordinary woman who has experienced a ridiculous amount of bullying and manipulation from females. I wish to raise awareness about the hideous behaviors and wish to shield girls from the horrors I have endured.
We girls have fought long and hard to be equal. We have demanded respect from men. And now I believe we should demand respect from each other. We must respect each other and support each other. Trying to bring down another female and cut her down to size doesn’t help anyone.
We must be inherently willful and determined to live a happy life. Don’t let the ‘mean girls’ persistent cruelty defeat you. We must continue to raise awareness about female aggression and refuse to accept it. A responsive and mindful approach will go a long way. Ignorance only serves the ‘mean girls’ and gives them freedom to run wild with their perceived power.

Author, Alana Munro’s book seeks to raise awareness about the toxic behaviors that can go on between females.
Genre: Non-fiction/True life stories

Synopsis: What’s the book about?
Have you ever been hurt by a woman? Are you fed up with the constant gossiping and manipulation between the females in your life? Do you want happier and healthier relationships with females? Do you wish to weed out the toxic women and seek out only positive women?
If you have ever wondered why some women are complicated creatures this book will offer you straight talking answers. This book will highlight all the strange, controlling and spiteful behaviors that some females specialize in. This book attempts to understand what actually drives women to be cruel to each other. It attempts to make sense of the huge expectations women place on each other. How can you avoid toxic women? What bad behaviors should you be looking out for? This book explores every cruel behavior possible and attempts to understand what is really going on between the females in your life.

“The easiest thing to do is for me to feel upset and retreat to my bed, never trying to make another friend. Or I can dust myself off and learn from my stupid mistakes. I can even try to make sense of the ridiculous injustices thrown in my direction. My goal for this book? Simply to allow other women a chance to become more aware of the cruel games played by some females, allow women the opportunity to pin point hurtful (and often invisible) behaviors and find healthy friendships again”. Alana Munro.
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About Alana:
Alana Munro lives in Australia with her husband, 3 kids and their puppy. Born in Scotland, she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from an Edinburgh University before jumping head first into motherhood. Alana spends much of her days trying to ignore the ever expanding pile of dirty washing, trying to write, counting down the hours till it is ‘wine o’clock’ (5pm is a respectable hour for a shiraz?) and sipping on camomile tea that’s went cold – again.
Initially Alana started writing articles and blogging. Through her early work she reconnected with her love of words. After two L-O-N-G years, two house moves and new baby added to the mix – Alana’s debut book, Women Behaving Badly was finally published in 2013.

***Update – Alana’s debut work is now a best-selling Kindle book.
Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship made it to #1 on Amazon Kindle USA during August 2013. She topped the paid books about ‘Emotions and Feelings’ chart on two separate occasions in August. She was even #5 for paid books about ‘Relationships’. This is a massive achievement if you consider the vastness of the American Kindle book market.

Connect with Alana!
Google Plus profile https://plus.google.com/u/1/105407998759178082494/posts
Twitter

https://twitter.com/AMauthor

Blog/Official author website

http://alanamunroauthor.com/

Buy Links:
The eBook will be available at all major online book stores from summer 2013, with plans to expand into indie book stores and libraries with paper copies of the book.
One of the easiest places you can purchase Women Behaving Badly is on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Women-Behaving-Badly-ebook/dp/B00BM5LEUW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367127666&sr=8-1&keywords=alana+munro

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/women-behaving-badly-alana-munro/1115225744?ean=9781783010981

*** For a limited time the KINDLE book is only 99 cents!

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My book is a finalist!

My middle grade book, Liberty Lane and the One-Girl Rebelution was chosen as a finalist in Literary agent Christa Heschke’s Critique First Chapter Contest. One step closer on my journey to publishing. What a fun and exciting opportunity for me to share about bullying through my fun and quirky characters!

If you would like to vote for my book, (it will take 2.3 seconds), just click the link http://christaheschke.blogspot.com/.

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