Protect Your Kids. Save Money While Doing It!

Ok, almost a month of working just paid off! After my initial response to the question of “What is your best advice to parents of kids in social media?” I got a TON of email responses wondering what software I would recommend to parents. I initially held off telling people about it because, quite honestly it’s not the cheapest one out there but it IS HANDS DOWN the best one out there. (And I know, because first – it’s my job to know, and second – because I’ve used them all over the years myself with my own kids and employees.) Fast forward a month later and I’ve managed to get the company to do a temporary price drop, for my viewers only. Through March 31, 2012, I was able to get a them to agree to a 40% price cut across the board on ALL their software. This is … Read the rest…

OMJ Teams with MDA and 8Minutes

A while back I mentioned on Facebook that I’m part of an organization called OMJLIST. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a new company started up to provide people a way to utilize Social Selling. It’s like Craiglist on crack and cheaper than eBay, not to mention easier to use. (Can I say “crack” on a blog post without offending someone? Hope so.) The guys over at OMJ have also managed full Facebook integration as well as Twitter and Google+ integration, so you can share your ad with your friends on Facebook or other social sites with one click. For example, since I live in Stanly County, if I put Stanly County in my ad description then my ad will automatically get posted to the OMJ Twitter and OMJ Stanly County Facebook groups. THEY DO THE PROMOTING FOR YOU! It’s an awesome feature! All in all it’s a … Read the rest…

Can you send your kids to bed without dinner?

A gentleman by the name of Max wrote a blog post commenting on one of my own. (Thank you Max, by the way. It was a great article!) At the end of the article he mentioned something I’ve heard come up lately and people have asked my opinion on it. The issue is sending your children to bed without dinner. Author’s note: I find it, and I’m not sure why, less polite to use the word “kid” instead of “children” or “child.” However, since I seem to be writing about them a lot lately, I’m going to simply state that I’m using the word “kid” because I don’t feel like typing the extra five characters every time I mention it. Hope that’s ok…  I guess there is probably more than one approach to this question. Qualifying questions have to be asked, such as “What is the reason for sending your … Read the rest…

NBC Today Show – TV Schedule

Ok, I’ve got the info for those of you who are interested in watching the Today Show interview tomorrow. We’ve been bounced all over NYC today and had the opportunity to meet with the producers, etc. I don’t have a lot of time to blog right this moment, but I did want to take the time to share with you what’s going on so you could watch if you wanted to. TV Schedule: The schedule is shown at the actual time here in the US, regardless of the time zone. So if it’s 7:30 AM Eastern, then it will be on NBC west coast at 7:30 AM pacific too. Get it? No need to figure what time it airs in your area. Date: 3/7/2012 (almost 1 month to the day since it all happened) Channel: NBC/ NBC HD Online: NBC is taking questions online for viewers who want to ask … Read the rest…

Time for an Update

Wow… it’s been almost a month and the turn of events our lives have taken were never something we imagined possible only a few short weeks ago. If you’d have told any of us in my family that we’d be known world-wide for something, we would never have believed you. It’s just not something that happens to normal people. Looks like we were wrong about that, I guess. Right after all this happened to us, we were bombarded with media requests, talk show requests, and interview requests on every available medium imaginable. Almost overnight, my daughter and I were tweeted about, Facebooked about, blogged about, written about, and more. We, or more specifically, I, was loved, hated, admired, despised, raised onto a pedestal (way undeserving), and kicked while I was down. We’ve dealt with everything from malicious users posting our home address on the Internet to telephone stalkers, to North … Read the rest…

Response Video: Oli White – Viral Begets Viral

My family and I have seen some of the response videos made on YouTube over the last two weeks, and still have hundreds yet to see. Some we really support and others, well, not so much, but I wanted to take a few minutes to thank the guy who made this video. Just like I didn’t anticipate my video going viral, I don’t imagine Oli imagined his response video possibly being the catalyst for hundreds and hundreds of Chuck Norris jokes either.  I don’t know this guy, have never met him, and know nothing about him except what I’ve seen on his YouTube video, but I wanted to take a minute to thank him. Oliver, While I can’t tell from the video (shown below) if you were serious in your response or just made it as an off-the-cuff response to my own video, I can honestly say that nothing anyone … Read the rest…

From one Parent to Another – Protect Your Kids

Lots of you out there have seen my page about eBlaster and I would LOVE IT if you’d share your stories of using the program so other parents out there can see how it’s helped you and your family.

I’m going to share some other stories from others, posted from the eBlaster webpage when I get the time, but I feel it better to start with my own. This is too long to put on the eBlaster page on our site… no one would ever read it, so I’m giving it it’s own page here.

Why Even Do This?

After my video went viral on Facebook and I refused to do press interviews I started receiving emails from the press asking me to answer questions. I agreed to do it in public on my Facebook wall, so my words couldn’t get twisted up or taken out of context. I got lots of press requests, a ridiculously high amount, from the USA, Canada, Germany, and a ton of other countries. To date I still haven’t been able to respond to them all. There just isn’t enough hours in the day.

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Response to ABC Network

This is my response to ABC’s newest list of quesitons regarding the video post. Thanks again to ABC Network for sending them!

1.)Your video has been viewed millions of times, was it your intention for it to garner so much attention or was it meant to be shared on a smaller scale?

It was meant for two audiences:

First, it was meant for the Facebook friends she has her own age that thought “Hey, that’s so cool that you stood up to your parent’s that way. That’s awesome!” I wanted them to know in no uncertain terms that she didn’t get away with it.

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Will you go on Television, ever?

I won’t pretend for a moment that I don’t fight the urge to say yes every time the networks call. A couple of days ago I was nobody. Now, stations are calling me and giving me my choice of news networks, my choice of anchors, and a whole variety of other things to entice us to come. I literally has one major network call me and tell me they don’t care WHO it is I want to speak to, if we’ll just talk to them and give our thoughts they’ll find that person and get them on the phone for an interview. I’ve had phone calls with people I never thought I’d ever get the chance to meet, people my entire family would find fascinating to meet, but now isn’t the time for us to do it. I’m not making a flat-out stance against television news. But when this is … Read the rest…

Response to Dr. Phil

Two days ago, the NBC Today show with Matt Lauer hosted Dr. Phil via satellite for an interview to gather his response to the YouTube video I’d posted about my daughter, Hannah. To be fair to Dr. Phil, I kind of asked for it. Two days earlier I posted the following on Facebook:

Dr. Phil: You've GOT to have taken a running jump way outside the bounds of sanity 
if you think I'd subject my family to your show. You've called almost EVERY day
and you're now trying to track down my wife at work? Dude... NO. I can save you
the studio expense of flying us out there. Your version is "I'm an
uneducated over-aggressive father who doesn't understand how to raise my kids
and you think my daughter simply MUST require years of intensive therapy for
being subjected to such torture as losing her laptop."
She doesn't need therapy, but she would by the time you finished with her!

Having had the chance to reflect on it a few days, I’ve decided that wasn’t the smartest thing to have said to a national media presence with the education and fan-base Dr. Phil has. Nevertheless, I seem to be learning repeatedly something I’ve been telling people forever; once it’s on Facebook, you can’t take it back. In my defense, people on national television have entire panels of people who are paid to stop them and say “No, you absolutely shouldn’t say that.” I am sans that particular advantage, so I’m just doing the best I can to muddle through.

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