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]