Are your children safe in the media?

Read the following, and be ready to be shocked:

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One of the biggest offenses is attacking children in the media.

Elizabeth Lauten, Communications director for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, publicly scolded President Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia for doing what most teenagers would do if they thought something was kind of nonsensical. As a teenager myself once, I remember many times thinking half the stuff my parents did was ridiculous and I’m sure it was clearly demonstrated on my face too. But luckily for me, I wasn’t made headline news for such a display.

One of the biggest offenses in media is attacking children publicly, and privately for that matter too. Anyone in communications should innately know that thinking before you write, is crucial. And anyone who breathes, knows attacking children in anyway is wrong, smacks of being a bully and clearly is demoralizing.

We need to change how we conduct ourselves in the media and how we treat other people. To get a fuller picture of what happened and the details read the articles here:

http://madworldnews.com/obama-daughters-turkey-pardon/

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/11/elizabeth_lauten_faces_backlash_after_scolding_sasha_and_malia_on_facebook.html

Lesson 101 for being in the media, is clearly think about the impact of your words before you speak and write, because it leaves a permanent mark. Once your thoughts are out in the public, apologies often times aren’t enough. Posting on a personal social media page doesn’t make your thoughts private, it socializes your thoughts and stirs up emotional frenzy if you write about a taboo topic. There will always be someone who screen captures your thoughts and offers them to the public.

The first rule I believe, is children in the media are always off limits. They didn’t ask for the spotlight and shouldn’t be made public figures or in this case targets because of their parents occupation.

I thought long and hard about whether I should write my thoughts about this situation, and if I were adding to the problem. But the reality is, if we don’t talk about issues that affect us we are all at fault for not standing up and making a change.

Ask better questions of yourself. Better still just be the person you want to encounter in life. Show up as a human being who inspires others.

What would you do if it were your child?

Please share with me your thoughts about children in the media and whether we should enforce media privacy for children.

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If you can read this you are fortunate. Help others read, here’s how…

quote by Mark Twain

You are one of the fortunate people that can pick up a book, newspaper even a can of food and know what the label says. Reading is more that just learning it is imperative for life in today’s hectic age.

On occasion I feature a blog post called Sunday school books, a review about books that enhance my life as a solo entrepreneur. Ever since I was a small child I have always loved to read. My favorite gifts during the holidays and birthdays were books of all kinds, Scifi, classics, mythology, comics, and business books. I have never remembered a time when I couldn’t read or when I struggled to read. I was lucky. Looking back at my childhood I was fortunate to have learned to read. This gift expands everyone’s knowledge base and skill set.  Knowing how 26 letters are put together in different sequences and the ability to speak what is written can change lives. With that said I encourage everyone to read just a little bit more.

But imagine not knowing what signs say, or what the label states in front of you or the proper dosage on a medicine bottle. Now imagine going through life feeling ashamed because of your reading ability or lack thereof. This thought is what prompted me to take some action.

As a solo entrepreneur it’s important for me to give back in a way that is meaningful to me, hence helping children learn to read better. Two charities that I have come across that really make use of teaching children the importance of reading are:

http://www.readingpartners.org/

http://www.roomtoread.org/

If you are interested in another organization that helps light readers connect with books, check out World book Night USA. You can read about my experience with world book night here: Blog post 1 WBN and / or Blog post 2 WBN

To learn more about World book night visit their website here (World Book Night USA) to become a volunteer for next year.

To learn more about World book night UK/Ireland visit their website here (World Book Night UK/Ireland)

 

I will be holding a new and lightly used book drive to donate to Oakland Children’s Hospital, Homeless Youth Alliance and additional charities that foster the spirit of reading for children.

 

Details: Books should be in very good condition, no rips, no pages written on and should be for children between the ages of 3-17 years of age. If you are local feel free to contact me for the drop off point. Otherwise if you are interested in mailing your parcel send to Zette Media at P.O.B 2698 Danville, Ca 94526 Attn: charity book drive

I am running this book drive through the end of August 2012. This should give plenty of time for participation and to ask any question you may have.

If you are unable to donate books, another way you can help is to tweet this blog post or share on other social media to make it a success. Thanks for participating in your own way. Every little bit helps, I truly appreciate it and the kids you help will too.

Please feel free to use the hashtags to get the message out.

#charity #bookdrive #authors #book #giveback #kids #philanthropy

 

 

Book Tour Promotion – Lili’s Strawberry House Book

Lili’s Strawberry House

One of the greatest things in the world is to see a child’s face light up with enjoyment because of a book. Today I had the pleasure of producing Lili’s Strawberry House Book tour event with the Iron Horse Mother’s Group in San Ramon, California.

Book author, Sahar Berjis is a registered dietician in private practice and has written a delightful children’s book. The book is about a little girl who delights in fruits and vegetables that she grows in the garden. The story takes us on a nutrition journey through the eyes of a child.

Following the book reading, the attendees for the event were entertained with several activities promoting nutrition, healthy eating and just plain fun. Four signed books were given away at the event and autographed to make the book more memorable for each child.

To learn more about the book Lili’s Strawberry House visit the highlighted link. The book is available for purchase through Amazon or your local bookstore or through the link provided on the website.

If you are interested in activities or recipies related to the book connect with the author on Pinterest at this link. (SaharB Pinterest)

Event table

Sahar Berjis, Author at Iron Horse Mother’s Group

Nutrition activity for the event

More fun activities for the event with the author.

Photocredit: Suzette Mariel for Zette Media

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