5 Conversations to have with your child about social media

Social media can be daunting for many parents. With new apps and sites emerging daily, parents can often struggle to keep ahead of our ‘digital native’ children. Regardless of the social media site or app your child is using, Laya Healthcare encourages parents to talk with their children and ensure they have these important conversations with them about using social media. What is the meaning of ‘privacy’ online?  What does it really mean when we select ‘private account’? Once we have selected this option, can we then share whatever we want and it will remain private? Unfortunately, this is not… [Read More]

When Is Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Going To Take Responsibility?

Some of the biggest and most powerful companies in the world are social media companies. They have been allowed to grow without any regulation and they seem to operate in their own world without any governing body, or government controlling their behaviour. They consistently tell us that it’s not their problem, but the people using the social media platforms problem. They also say they can’t control what is being posted, come on! Who are you kidding? Well, in my very humble opinion that is total nonsense, and it’s time they faced up to being responsible and started to operate their… [Read More]

Did Instagram Contribute To A 14 Year Old Taking Her Own Life?

Last week there was numerous newspaper articles and television stories about a father who is convinced that Instagram contributed to his 14 year old daughter taking her own life. This is because of the content that is readily available on Instagram concerning self harm and suicide. She was apparently viewing this very easily on the Instagram platform. I’m not quite sure why this particular story has resonated with me so much, but it has. It’s mostly likely because as a father of five children, and quite frankly even the thought of one of them taking their own lives, well it’s… [Read More]

Instagram Event At Facebook HQ London Protecting Our Teens In Association With Mumsnet

On Monday I travelled up to London for an Instagram event at Facebook HQ. To a lot of people that might not be a big deal, but for me it was a very big deal! I have been blogging for a long time now and I have lost count of the amount of times I have been invited to events, and the truth is I have never gone to one. There are a couple of reasons why. The major reason is that I live in South Wales and invariably the events take place in London so it’s a big effort… [Read More]

Has Social Media Started To Have A Detrimental Effect On Our Youth?

Social media whether it be Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or some other social media platform is now interwoven within the very fabric of our society. I have two questions about the validity of social media, and how we should be using these platforms. I wonder if we should be taking much notice of timelines that constantly bombard us with images of the perfect lives that many other people are seemingly living. Is it just fake, and not to be taken seriously? I think so. More importantly I have come to the conclusion that it is having a detrimental effect on… [Read More]