This is my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.

We have worked so hard in our partnership with Dean Clinic to teach kids not to be bullies.  Just search #BeABuddy on any social media platform, and you'll probably find one of our posts.  

In fact, the campaign has been so successful, that Dean Clinic has had to put a cap on the number of Buddy Bands.  So far, more than 236,000 bands have been requested around the area! 

Even Wednesday night, anchor Susan Siman moderated a special screening of the documentary Bully and talked with students afterwards.  She interviewed one girl who was crying because she said she could see herself in the video.  Heartbreaking.

There are also efforts by our state lawmakers to fight cyberbullying.  

So, it just disappoints me to see so many negative comments on social media.  I mean, we're adults!  Shouldn't we set the tone?  

I am a little fired up because people were particularly rude about a little Madison pet that went viral online for its Halloween costume.  I mean, I don't care if you don't like the dog, the costume or the idea... but whatever happened to community spirit?  Or just keeping your mouth shut if you don't have something nice to say?

I met the owner and she was so excited to be on our news!  She was super sweet, clever, funny, and likable.  It made me cringe that people were mean on our Facebook page.  What good comes out of that?  It's not a hard news story.  It's not breaking news.  It's a silly dog in a silly costume.  In my humble opinion, it's one thing to be in disagreement with an idea, it's another thing to be an internet troll.

My question:  How can we expect our kids to have a certain level of respect when we don't set the tone?

I could go on and on, but I'm not here to scold.  We all have good and bad days.  I try to keep my social media accounts upbeat because I have a more public job, and I feel the need to be positive.  But that is also what I want out of social media - positivity.

My thought of the day is don't blame "them."  Perhaps it's time to start looking at "us."  When we know better, we do better.  I certainly don't want to offend, but I just want to share a thought.   If it makes you think twice, then great.  If not, then so be it.