Trisha Norman is going through the kind of emotional pain that most parents are afraid to even imagine. Last month, her 12 year-old daughter, Becca Sedwick, committed suicide in Lakeland after she was cyberbullied.
Amid her devastation, Norman is taking on a project that will hopefully act as a catharsis. She is championing a new website called Safecircles.me.
"There is still that empty hole, and the only thing that keeps me going is this fight to save other kids and to make parents aware of what's going on," Norman told FOX 13 on Thursday.
Safecircles is a protected social website. Unlike Facebook and many other traditional sites, Safecircles is not anonymous. You sign up and pay $1.40 a month. Your kids sign up for free. The site allows you to see all the e-mails your kids get or receive so you can nip any problems in the bud before they grow.
If you see signs of cyberbullying, you can report it. The offending kid and the adult responsible for that child can get a warning or be thrown off the site.
In more serious situations, they can be reported to a school principal or even law enforcement. Norman says her emotions are still raw from what she just went through, but feels like Becca is at her side in spirit.
"I know that she would be very, very happy and she is probably dancing in the clouds she is saving other kids," Norman says.
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