ACE the Social Media

“Bertha the Bully failed Social Media because she was caught Cyber bullying” Sprite told me “but I ACE it!”

I follow the guidelines that Marjie Knudsen gave in her guest blog entry on Dr Michele Borba’s Reality Check blog at

It’s easy to remember – I told Eidetic, the Memory Elephant, to memorize it.

A = Accountable
I need to be accountable for the things I post on Social Media. I should not post anything that I know is wrong or that I would not want teachers or future employers to read

C = Considerate
I shouldn’t post anything mean or anything that offends Great Aunt Mehitabel or embarrasses my friends

E = Engaged
I need to be engaged in a positive way and post positive, helpful, edifying things. And I need to know what to do if I notice that someone is being a cyber bully



“Can you help me get the things I need for dressing up as the Notable Person I choose for Night of the Notables?” asked Sprite.

Night of the Notables is an excellent program in which students research the details of the life of a person who is or was important in the field of their passionate interest. They write a biography and a bio riddle and create a learning centre display about their notable. As the finale there is an evening when the students come dressed as their notable and act in character as they show the learning centre they have created.

“Who have you chosen to research?” I asked

“Either Violet Murrell
Or Pat Smythe
Whichever one I choose I need jodhpurs, and a riding jacket, riding boots, a riding hard hat and, of course, a REAL pony!

So this was another ploy to get a REAL pony! Nice try, I thought!

Gifted kids are often like Little Lawyers and parents can be drawn into over negotiating each issue with them. Discussion and negotiation is good but too much of it is very tiring for parents and can erode rules.

“Riding gear is very expensive!” I said “But I think we would be able to borrow it from a friend. And you would not need to take a REAL pony! You could take your soft toy pony”

“If I can’t take a REAL pony I would prefer to take Columbus Cheetah and research Dr Laurie Marker from the Cheetah Conservation Fund” said Sprite.
I could make a really good learning centre about her with information about cheetahs and their conservation and genetics and Bushblok fuel logs and Anatolian and Kangal herd guarding dogs.”

“I don’t suppose you would let me take a REAL cheetah?”

The Water Cooler of the World

In a wonderful, amusing and thought provoking blog entry on Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe astrophysicist, Dr Jeff Goldstein, the Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, explains why Twitter is so much more than a place for announcing the tuna sandwich you ate for lunch.

Dr Jeff says:
Twitter is a water cooler for the 21st century. At this cooler you can meet fellow human beings from across the planet, and share thoughts about life, our world, and our children—common thoughts that bind us all, regardless of nationality. In an age when as never before humanity faces a perfect storm of global problems, it’s precisely this kind of water cooler you’d like to see, and to frequent.

There people, that is why I spend so much time with the Twitter Birds!

More Anti-bullying Activists

The Twitter Birds brought to our attention that during the month of May Christine Fonseca will be focussing on the issue of bullying on her Growing Up Gifted blog
She will be using the concepts found in Barbara Coloroso’s book, THE BULLY, THE BULLIED, AND THE BYSTANDER, as well as her professional experience, she will examine the many aspects of bullying as it relates to the gifted.

  • Week of 5/3 – The Bully
  • Week of 5/10 – The Bullied
  • Week of 5/17 – The Bystander
  • Week of 5/24 – How to help

Cruel is NOT Cool

Typical of many gifted children Sprite has a strong sense of justice.
She loves to organize protest marches and campaigns like the Feetspeak Unfair to Sprite protest march and the Please Remember campaign.
So when she saw that author Annie Fox, who has been a guest contributor to Sprite’s blog, is organizing an anti-bullying campaign in the U.S., she was eager to help.

This is Annie Fox’s campaign
Cruel’s Not Cool! a new anti-bullying campaign to engage students, teachers, administrators and parents in a community-wide exploration of our culture of cruelty, why cruel’s not cool, and what each of us can do, moment-by-moment to take back our schools by making them safer, more accepting places for all students all the time.

So Sprite repainted her signs and assembled her campaigners. There were more of them this time.
I noticed a monkey and a meerkat among the marchers.
All the over excitable Dabrowski dogs were there. Imaginational was dreaming of an ideal world where no one was cruel and people and dogs spent their days lazing happily in the sun together.
Caramel Cat was really lazing in the sun and Arachnid the Spider was still too busy with web design to attend.
Everyone seemed to be giving the same message this time – even Columbus Cheetah who could not find a way of working in a message of protest about speed restrictions.
As expected the Origami Secretary Bird had a slightly different approach and claimed that the campaign was about stopping work place harassment. But Sprite did not mind because she said Cruel Is NOT Cool in any setting!