My Quest To Teach

October 12, 2016

Social Media Sex and Daughters

Social Media Sex and Daughters
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Speaker
Community Activist  #MyQuestToTeach

“Fathers if you fail to teach your daughters
the value of their bodies, the awesome
mental capabilities that make them smart
creatives and thought leaders, helping your
daughters to understand their personal sexuality
and seeing their value based on their talents and
abilities not sex. If you fail to teach as fathers,
you may be committing a travesty with life-long
consequences.” William Jackson

As a parent, educator and heavily involved in
Social Media I see the elements of Social Media
Sexting, mental and sexual manipulation, sexual
bullying and self-destruction. Girls and women
must understand that just because you can post
hundreds of “selfies” and “sexties” does not
mean you do so.

Telling your story through your digital content should
come with the knowledge that people will see what
you create and judge you based on the creativity and
innovation you show. This creativity should be done
with wisdom, purpose and common sense.  Parents
make dangerous mistakes by letting their children
have free reign of the Internet without behavioral
expectations and rules. The World Wide Web
can be the Wild Wild West with content that can
range free either on the extreme Left or Right.

There are communities that are represented on
platforms that allow the diversity of the human
mind create places that are comforting and at
the same time can cause the soul to shiver.
Girls especially are attracted to the chance to
“show” themselves beyond their “personalities.”
#ShirleyChisholm
“I’ am, was always will be a catalyst for change”
but that change must be positive and productive.

This blog “Social Media Sex and Daughters” shares
the value of parenting when girls are young and
impressionable, they do not understand the value
to share that they are more than their bodies. There
is more to girls than a size, color, a shape, cleavage,
or how sexy they can look. Perceptions are dangerous
in the digital age. Fathers must be sure to teach their
daughters the “tricks” of the game boys will use to get
into their daughters __________.

A father has a responsibility not to scare their daughters,
but to educate them on sex and sexuality. Mothers count,
but they are not men.  Daughters cannot afford to learn
from their friends either boys or girls to protect their
“pocketbooks” as the senior women like to reference.
What is private, is private and should be protected….

Social Media provides wonderful networking, and
communication opportunities, girls and women are
participating in coding – Black Girls Code, learning
how to use tech to be entrepreneurs while attending
conferences like Blogging While Brown, networking
in groups like Black Girls Rock, learning socialization
skills in groups like  Girls Inc, Journey Into Womanhood
Empowerment Resources (Jacksonville, Florida) and
Black Girls Book Club.

The online development of collaboration and connectivity
grows to help girls grow cognitively and raise their
self-esteems and self-respect. No longer do girls and
women say tech is just for boys and men, girls
and women are coding, creating dynamic content,
writing books, managing publishing companies. Girls
are thought leaders, and entrepreneurs, Black girls
can proudly claim their BLERD and Geek profiles.
African girls and women are growing into AfiBlerds
and AfriGeeks proudly earning degrees, they are
owning businesses like Anie Akpe, CEO/Publisher
of http://innov8tiv.com/

My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters “All Black girls
matter whether they’re dark skin, light skin, brown
skin, mixed, hood, nerdy, preppy, loud, quiet or ratchet.”

Business opportunities are increasing so girls and
women should not focus on their body image they
should focus on their Brand and the Marketing aspects.
Women are networking, they are serving on boards,
in committees, forming nonprofits, and educational
initiatives.
Their Brands are worth more than gold, it is the
foundation of their existence and should always be
treated respectfully.
Girls like Jacksonville’s Taylor Richardson and
Natalie McGriff and others are inspiring other
girls to grasp hold of their dreams and grow wings
to fly beyond societal limitations and
exceed expectations no matter color and culture.

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Fathers must have those conversations about
pride, hard work, dignity, trust, ethics, morals
and values. Parents must monitor their daughter’s
online activities, not out of fear, but to preserve
reputations and the developing Brands of the
future. It must be taught that, ”sex is a
temporary physical manifestation of temporary
pleasure that if unchecked can be dangerous and
self-destructive.”

Social Media is shaping the way girls and women
are viewing themselves and interacting with
each other. “There are generations coming up
that will not know a time without being connected.
” William Jackson, Edward Waters College 2016

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Advertisers know this and will market “sexulization
of girls” through advertising. Talking about sex
and sexuality should be a discussion not a scare
tactic. Parents should share
the reality of pornography, it is not the sensual
event of dreams; it can be violent, degrading and
demeaning.
Girls and women will not get cultural and educational
validation by having multiple sexual partners. The
marketing aspect too look hot, be popular, risque,
sexy, vulnerable/aggressive, girls of color and
culture are not presented in positive situations
when it comes to sex like their white counterparts.

Parents of all colors and culture start early and
have conversations so girls feel comfortable,
confident in who they are and where
they are going in life. Parents talk to your daughters
as they mature, have honest and tough discussions.
Before any girl or young woman gets into bed with
anyone, even in alternative lifestyle’s they need
to get into that persons head first to make sure
they are not making a mistake that will curse them
through adult life.
A girl’s reputation can be destroyed with a single
video, a single picture posted online and even a flash
of experimentation. Put your value ahead of being
popular, being seen as sexy and been just seen as
who you are and what your aspiring to be.

Girls are growing into not just Black Girl Magic or
Women Magic, but Awesome Women of Magic.

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Black Girl Magic and Women Magic Resources:
Jalesa Ann @jalesaann
Anie Akpe @AnieAkpe
Fran Siracusa @ProfeEdTech
Melanin Mamis @melaninmamis
#EduMatch @edu_match
Michelle @Michell49246814
Ashley Hill @prepforcollege
#EdWalk 4 CFE @zansari8
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Black Girls Book Club @bg_bookclub
Bess Auer @Bess_Auer
Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
Rusul الربيعي @RusulAlrubail
Barbara KV Johnson @DrBKVJ
Rachel Vitti @rachelvitti
Tara Reed @TaraReed_
Jennifer Williams @JenWilliamsEdu
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Valerie Lewis @iamvlewis
Jedidah Isler, PhD @JedidahIslerPhD
Gina Humber @ghumber720
Melissa Ross @MelissainJax
Ale’ta Turner @AletaTurner
Sherry Smith Gray @sherisaid
Soumya @SoumyaNukala
Deena Pierott @deenapierott
SocaMom® @SocaMomDC
Empowerment Resources @EmpowermentJax
Ronique Gibson @stagetecture
Coach Jeanna Brown @CoachJeanna
Hey Black Girl @Hey_BlackGirl
PASSION4CHRIST @p4cToyaG
Mickee Brown @MickeeBrown
Black Bloggers Connect @JoinBBC
My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters
Danyelle Little @TheCubicleChick
Asktnd @asktnd
FLBlogCon @FLBlogCon
Ivy Box™ @MsIvyBox
Blogging Black Miami @blogblackmiami
Brown Girls Unite @BGU_Official
Tracee Ellis Ross @TraceeEllisRoss
Marcie Hill @Marcie_Hill
Sheena White @sheenamwhite
Sea World Mommy @SeaWorldMommy
Sili @MyMamihood
Blogger Week @BloggerWeek
African Women In Tech @AfricanWIT

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My daughter and I years ago in Palatka, Florida

June 29, 2016

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
#MyQuestToTeach

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BlackGirlMagic Magazine
@BlkGirlMagicMag Twitter
#BlackGirlMagic Hashtag
http://www.blackgirlmagicmag.com/ Web Site
We are looking for works about and by
Black Women

This blog is not about just one color or
culture, but about the value and importance
of reading, literacy, comprehension and
creativity of writing for all children.

The summer has made its appearance and
kids are excited about the opportunities of
“freedom” from schools across the nation.
Parents should still have their children
engaged in learning opportunties by visiting
library events, museum viewings and cultural
events that engage kids with fun
learning activities.

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Reading and writing during the summer are still
important and the the power of the written word
has been seen for thousands of years, individuals
and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions,
feelings and to tell the life histories of
people and cultures.

Children, teens and young adults should be
introduced to writing as a way to learn how to
express their feelings, dreams, passions and
the challenges that they face. Writing can be
used as a coping mechanism and teach how to
manage the emotional diversity of children,
especially children of color and culture.
To develop intellectual thought and creativity.

Various cultures and societies have their
influences in writing as early blogging
(in my humble opinion). Chinese culture
writing was determined to come not from a
god but an ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh.
He was a minister in the court of the legendary
Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the
invention of writing was supposed to serve as
a communication tool between heaven and earth.
The culture of writing has historical
importance around the world. Diverse
cultures througth history shared their
stories throught storytelling orally until
writing was established and education
advanced.

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#MoxieGirl
The Adventures of Moxie Girl

Blogging on a digital format continues to change
as writing is manipulated, transformed, dissected,
adapted and tailored to the increasing integration
of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in
thought the words that are transcribed into
written or typed words. In a way these words are
already in an electrical format because
thoughts are generated by the synapses
of the mind, thus electrical impulses
and birthed by the hands onto the materials for
publication.

Formats can be seen from the dynamic
platforms being used from Blogger, WordPress,
Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. Children, youth and
teens can embrace the diversity and creative
characteristics of blogging and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases and extention
of their views. Writing helps
to develop vocabulary in children, making it
fun to combine words into stories. It is
wonderful to see a teen excited about reading
and the process of writing.

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Astronaut Star Bright @astroStarBright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/

Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
(http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/16/best-blogging-services/)
it is clear that blogging will remain as an important
historical tool to share and disseminate information
on multiple levels and students need to learn how
to write, the importance of the
writing process and that it can be fun.

Many children are excited to share their thoughts
with art work and drawing, this is the creative
centers of the brain, writing also encouarges the
mind to form ideas, challenges connections and
breeds innovation. What better way to build
character.

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#BrothasRead Twitter

Children should be taught that not to long ago
it was illegal to teach slaves or those of color,
no matter what color or culture to read and write
during the time of slavery not just in America,
but around the world. Today Blogging is
responsible for showing the world the greatness
of people. There is estimated over 12 million
bloggers in America, African Americans need
to take seriously their ability to share stories.
(The State of Blogging 2014,
Pew Internet & American Life Project)

I always encourage people of color and culture
the beauty in blogging because it allows
the expansion into other areas of digital
communication. A platform of expression on
levels that allow for intellectualism where
students should be moving towards.
Students should understand blogging allows the
writer (them) to be creators in this age of
digital media that is changing social
interaction, allowing for collaboration,
a paradigm in alliances of the mind and taking
social networking to levels of
unprecedented growth.

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Children, teens and young adults, bloggers of
color and culture and those of diverse
languages are important because they create
original content specifically addressing diverse
issues that may never be recognized by
traditional media or ignored
because of a lack of understanding or caring.

No matter the color, culture, gender,
generation and age kids of all ages have
something to say, this summer parents get
your children involved in some type of reading
and writing program to prepare them not
just for the next school year, but for life.

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Resources:

Support Education on Brothas Read
#BrothasRead on Twitter

Barbershop Books
@BarbershopBooks on Twitter
http://BarbershopBooks.org

Vincent Taylor
Cornbread Series of reading books
http://www.cornbreadseries.com/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CornbreadSeries/

Well Read Black Girl
https://www.facebook.com/wellreadblackgirls/
#WellReadBlackGirl Twitter

Angie Nixon and Natalie
The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
for girls of color and culture that
struggle their own identies and hair.
http://moxiegirl.com

Get Connect Dad sharing stories
@GetConnectDad on Twitter
https://getconnectdad.com/2016/05/17/48-stories-on-fatherhood/
theconnectdad@gmail.com email

Astronaut Star Bright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/
@astroStarBright

June 13, 2016

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like Natalie and Taylor

Why We Need To Support All Girls Like #MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
@wmjackson – Parent, Educator, Blogger, Speaker

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut
Moxie Girl and Agent of STEAM

“Black girls need to know that they matter.
They need to see examples of success, leadership,
achievement, sisterhood, compassion,
humanitarianism, in abundance so that they
can gain confidence in their ability to become
their best and greatest selves.”
Black Girls Rock Inc.
Founder Beverly Bond

The upcoming gathering of girls and women in the
United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyd0H0tpes,
to be held in Washington D.C. on
Monday, June 13th 2016 shows that girls and
women can accomplish great things
in their communities, their cities, in their
schools, churches and across this nation.
The growing presence of girls and women
in STEM / STEAM related careers is expanding
girls and women opportunities to influence
the greater good of their professions and opening
doors for other girls and women to enter into
nontraditional careers.

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Taylor Richardson
JIW, Girl Scout, STEAM Agent
Community Activist, Future Astronaut

That perceivable “Glass Ceiling” has shattered
in millions of shards representing the
challenges that girls and women have
faced and continue to overcome.
This event will highlight the accomplishments,
challenges, excellence, intellect and intelligence
of girls and women.
Lead by First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey,
Black  Girls Rock Inc. Founder Beverly Bond
and others accomplished women in their professions
ranging from education, technology, medicine,
science, politics, religion and the diverse careers
and entrepreneurial endeavors that girls and women
are involved in. Expanding their intellectual diversity
to show girls and women it is cool to be creative,
intellectual and an innovator in their
passions.

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Natalie McGriff, Author, Speaker, Writer
Community Activist

As a parent and educator I hope this encourages
all girls of color and culture in Jacksonville,
Florida to excel academically and athletically.
Embracing their Nerdiness, Blerdiness, Geekiness,
and STEAMiness (Science Technology Engineering
Arts Mathematics  (Medicine).
Parents have a continued responsibility to encourage
their children to be engaged in learning every day.
Parents that have a struggling child in reading, math,
language arts and other academic areas will be held
accountable if their child is not successful in school,
their children are potentially being setup for under
employment, unemployment, and being left behind
economically and socially if they are unwilling to
work with educators to see that their children put
forth the effort to succeed and understand
the value of education.

This past school year should be an indication to
parents that if their daughter is not where they
are supposed to be academically and socially there
should be interventions during the summer to
prepare for the next school year. There are great
role models in  athletics and entertainment, but
there should be increased recognition
of the academic achievements and community
volunteering by our girls and women of color
and culture.

This blog shares the continued successes of
Natalie McGriff and Taylor Richardson and their
mothers who have been invited to Washington, D.C.
for their academic and community accomplishments.
To participate in this wonderful gathering of girls
and women that are accomplishing great things in
their communities, their schools, in their
churches and across this great nation.
“United State of Women”
http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

14 reasons why we need to support all girls like
#MoxieGirl and #AgentofSTEAM

  1. They are positive role models for girls and young women
    in their communities, in their city, in their state and nationally.
  2. Mainstream media does not always depict girls and women
    of color and culture in a positive light as they should. They
    are too often shown in poverty and uneducated.
  3. They give back to their community in examples of improving
    literacy, importance of reading, the value of comprehension
    and career choices in STEAM, STEM, STREAM, CSTEM
    STEM2 for girls and young women of color and culture.
  4. They are students in public education and are successful
    academically and in social behaviors.
  5. They experience the same challenges girls of color and
    culture experience every day related to hair, skin tones,
    language, economics and academics, they can relate to
    their sisters of color and culture in their struggles.
  6. They have mothers that are very supportive and sacrifice
    daily for their children’s success.
  7. They still experience “haters,” those that are jealous, and
    lost in low self-esteem, but still strive forward for success
    and providing positive self-esteem and cultural respect
    and value.

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  8. They work to balance their academic lives by keeping
    school first.
  9. They continue to be humble in their accomplishments.
  10. Their participation in the media is a positive representation
    not only of being girls of color, but girls of intelligence and
  11. Their successes can be shared with boys of color and
    culture too inspire them as well.
  12. Their mothers keep life “real” about who they are and how
    the world may see them as well.
  13. They understand the importance of “sisterhood” and how
    girls of color and culture are sometimes targets of criticism,
    low expectations and culturally challenged.

    14. Their mothers show other mothers they should understand
    the commitment needed to help their children grow beyond
    their current levels of knowledge, ability and skill level.

The community should encourage all girls and boys of color
and culture to embrace their talents, skills and abilities.
Parents of color and culture need to reinforce that they have
a responsibility to lift each other up and not to hate on, gossip,
disrespect, negatively talk about those that are opening doors
that other girls and boys of color and culture can walk through.

Support Natalie and Taylor as they travel to
“The United State of Women” in Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 13th

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Resources:
Michelle Obama announces United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqwmQ_3bjR8

The United State of Women
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFyd0H0tpes

Status of Women
http://statusofwomendata.org/

The United State of Women
http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/

The United State of Women
https://www.facebook.com/TheUnitedStateofWomen/

Latonya S Richardson
https://www.facebook.com/latonja.richardson

Taylor Richardson meets Mae Jemison
http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/12-year-old-aspires-to-be-first-african-american-woman-to-go-to-mars-meets-her-idol-dr-mae-jemison/

Angie Nixon
https://www.facebook.com/angienixon

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/

The Adventures of Moxie Girl
http://moxiemcgriff.com/

Natalie McGriff
https://www.facebook.com/Natalie-McGriff-556625327834907/

8 Year Old Author Invited to Whitehouse
http://rickeysmileymorningshow.com/1684863/8-year-old-author-invited-to-white-house/

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