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Mom bloggers behaving badly: Cyber bullying on blogs

Laura Willard is a law school grad who has successfully avoided using her education for eight years and counting. She's a wife and an adoptive mom to two kids. Motherhood is the best job she never knew she wanted so much until she had it...

Mean (mom) girls

Mom bloggers are taking over the world. Okay, maybe they're not quite that big, but mom bloggers have influence in many areas. Brands seek out mom bloggers to promote their products, other parents look to mom bloggers for advice and mom bloggers provide great day-to-day reads for other moms. But sprinkled in with all of the wonderful and supportive mom bloggers are some troublemakers. Mom cyber bullies. Women who hurt other women with words and actions from behind the "safety" of their computer screens. Learn more about the ugly side of mom blogging and what one mom is doing to put an end to moms behaving badly.

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Ross wants to help create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance among moms online. "I hope to affect positive change in the way people interact with one another," she says. "We are never going to agree on every issue. That is not a reasonable expectation. But we should be able to discuss issues in a respectful and open-minded manner. And learn to accept the choices others make, as well as their right to make them."

The Mom Pledge Community Ross has created is comprised of moms, all trying to do what's best for their families. "When you take it down to that level, you find it easy to build a foundation," she notes.

"Furthermore, once you remove conflict you find women really are interested in the choices other moms make. They invite the opportunity to learn more about, and from, each other. This can lead to understanding. The Internet offers an unprecedented opportunity to do that as well."

Moms as examples

As a mom, you are well aware that you're an example to your children. The "do as I say, not as I do" adage rarely works. We expect our kids to behave online...so that means we have to behave online, too.

"One of the things I believe is so important about The Mom Pledge is that it has the potential to establish a foundation at home that can help combat the behavior among children," says Ross. "The members of our community love the fact that they have the opportunity to set the right example for their children. They are very proud of that."

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Ross is a great example to her child and to other moms. In fact, she was nominated for Babble's 100 Moms Who Are Changing The World.

Take the Pledge

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Are you a mom who is online? You can get involved. "The Mom Pledge is not just about blogging. It is about women promising to follow a specific set of principles in all their online activities," Ross explains.

"Mommy bloggers are certainly a very visible and influential group. But every day women are online interacting with one another in a variety of ways. If we can spread the message of The Mom Pledge far and wide, we really can make a difference!" Take The Mom Pledge and join The Mom Pledge Community. And above all, remember to act online as you do in your everyday life.

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