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>> stefanie: with an ever growing number of people using social media, it's now more important than ever to protect the children from bullies. as much as they can be made aware of physical bullies, they must also be aware of cyber bullies. gabriella is an international acclaimed activist, author and speaker. and she gives talks around the country raising awareness among kids and their parents on how to end bullying. please help me welcome gabriella to our show. thank you for being here. >>> thank you for having me. >> stefanie: talk about this passion of yours. where did it come about? >>> i feel that because of my personal story, i'm one of the first multi-cultural adoptions in the world. and i really feel like i know what it's like to be an outcast. and i know what it's like to feel fearful. i always say to parents, they suffer behind closed doors. so, one of the things that is quite different with my bullying in my days and the bullying today is that it's on the cyber world. we have all this technology. but technology is not to blame. that is not the culprit, okay? so, what is the culprit? and as your viewers are parents, the culprit is actually that we do not educate them. so, one of the things that we don't dough -- do is there's no etiquette, there are no standards on the internet. i believe that values are taught by parents. the standards are taught by our government. because otherwise, it would be a zoo out there. but ethics are taught by both parents and teachers. and i'm saying this on purpose because teachers always say to me, what is my role? what is the role of the parent, what is my role. in social media, there is no ethics. and i think it's also, every culture will do it a little bit different. but let's be truthful, we need ethics out there. when i look at the facebook and twitter of my friends that are adults, i'm sorry, but it's not okay. it's not okay. i see awful things about our president. i'm not even american and i think we just should not talk about people like that. and definitely not about a commander-in-chief. >> stefanie: right. >>> that respect that we were taught seems something that we do not do online. i always have a little advice for parents. if i came into your studio and i fell down, you would laugh because it's instinctive. it's part of our behavior. we're embarrassed and we laugh. but when it's face to face, you will in 30 seconds say hey, are you okay? that doesn't happen in social media. so, that part cannot be felt. it doesn't seem real to the kid. but again, we need to set the example for parents out there and say, my child watches me on social media. i need to set the example. i cannot just say anything and everything that i want just because i'm reacting to everything. >> stefanie: and where does it me from? do kids make fun of other kids because they're insecure and they want to be liked by other kids? where do you think that inner -- where does it come from inside of you? >>> i know one thing, i have a quote that i really love. it's on my website. and it says, nobody strikes another coming from a negative space. that means that everybody is negative. and it's the positive people that are happy go lucky. i'm a happy go lucky person because i'm positive. but that means that 99% of the people out there are negative. that's why we strike. how can an adult male react to a reclining seat in an airplane? how come this is possible? how come we react with such violence? my answer, nobody strikes another person. >> stefanie: you're talking about an incident that happened on a southwest flight. a man was bullying someone who reclined their seat. instinctively negative. and he actually hurt her, i think. we don't know much about the story yet. >> stefanie: but you're saying that happens every night on social media. >>> i think this happens every single day in social media, in real life. we are outright and downright mean to one another. how do you want us adults to teach these children out there to be kind. that's what the ball is about. >> stefanie: tell us about the basketball, gabriella. >>> i wanted to have a positive message. i think we tune out words like bullying. we tune out cyber bullying. i say to everyone, why don't we pick up the ball? pick up the kindness that we as a society have dropped today. by picking it up, we're setting the example. it's that simple. do something purposely. make the choice. the man on the plane makes the choice to say hey, lady. that is so uncomfortable for me. would you mind? if we're kind, if i'm kind to som someone, they should react kindly. >> stefanie: where can people get ahold of you? >>> gabiella.global is my website. i go to every single school that asks me. i've just added spanish to the mix. in costa rica, i learned the language. i've given 14 interviews in spanish and done five conferences. we help anyone who wants to learn to handle these social issues. >> stefanie: your last bit of advice? >>> one of the biggest complaints i hear from the children is don't tell them, " don't intervrupt them. it's so hard for them to get that humiliation and share it with you. >> stefanie: listen to your kids and pick it up. thank you so much for being here. be kind, everybody. don't go anywhere. because up next, just how hard is this drought hitting porterville? the residents there are finding it hard to even take a shower. details on how the fresno




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