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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Comments on "Mom bloggers behaving badly: Cyber bullying on blogs"

Mary February 18, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Man talk about hitting the nail! I don't think all bloggers are mean, but activist moms are definitely moms I'll watch out for from now on. They really will do anything, moral or not, to annihilate other views.

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Danielle November 27, 2011 | 8:40 AM

My newly turned 16 year old brother shot himself Oct. 17th this year because of people bullying him. These are types of bullying; Physical- hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else's belongings may also constitute as physical bullying. -Verbal- name calling, insulting, making racist, ist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, usi...ng ually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks. -Indirect-Spreading nast stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying).-Cyber bullying- any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium. There are 7 types including: text messaging, picture/video clips, phone calls, emailing, chat-room, bullying through i.m., through websites. He was the brightest boy ever met he was strong smart sweet and loving but even the toughest man cant take it all. As a mother, an aunt, a sister and a daughter ive been through bullying, the thoughts of suicide because i didnt want to be myself anymore, but as a sister i stayed strong for my siblings as an aunt i want to show my nieces and nephews how to be nice to someone or "if you cant say anything nice then dont say anything at all" and as a mother i will teach my children to stay kind to one another. Ive made this facebook to try and help people understand bullying a little more. People only have a month for this terrible behavior to be shown off and there is not even enough done about it during that month when it happens every second of the day. We need to start setting examples as mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, cousins, anyone we need to get it into these kids heads that words hurt! Im not talking about peace on earth but a bit of a settling for the sake of young peoples lives. http://www.facebook/pages/Prevent-Bullying-for-Brandon-Kirkpatrick/277020542329287

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