An Open Letter To Celebrities

This is a letter to Athletes, Singers, Actors, Actresses, and anyone in the spotlight!

 

While I believe in freedom of expression and speech, there are many children in the world that idolize and look up to you. With your celebrity and all that it gives you it puts you in the spotlight and makes children want to emulate you. In this day and age when parenting children is tougher than ever, as they are exposed to the world through an abundance of technology, I ask that you think twice before you tweet naked pictures of yourself, drive drunk, do drugs, fist fight, bully and all the other horrific things we have seen you do of late that have made the news.

 

How are we to teach our children that; Sexting is wrong, Don’t drive Drunk, Don’t do drugs, Think before you speak, Think before you post… When adults can’t do it?

 

It is important to model for children appropriate behaviors and as parents that is our responsibility, but when you are in the spotlight and you know that children look up to you, don’t you think you have some type of responsibility to try to make good decisions?

 

I am not a “prude” but when I wake up in the morning to read headlines like:

 

“Rihanna tweets topless photos”

“Hulk Hogan doesn’t know who is in sex tape with him”

“Bounty payments in football”  and so much more…I have to ask:

 

“Do you think about things before you do them?” “Do you understand you have been given a gift and with that gift you could do so much good in the world?” “Before you tweet, make a sex tape, get paid to hit, bully, drive drunk, please consider your good fortune of being where you are in life and think of all the children watching what you are doing and wanting to be “YOU”, and maybe just maybe that might make you stop and think and make a smarter choice.” Just one parents thoughts!

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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