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]

Is Blogging On A Cliff Edge?

In 2018 blogging saw some changes occur. There is no doubt about that, but were these changes for the better? If I am totally honest I’m not sure at the moment. Blogging has changed so much over the last few years, and some of those changes have been brilliant. For example, we are now starting to be seen and accepted as a bonafide trade, but do we also need some sort of association to look after the interests of bloggers and those we work with? The downside for me have been very disturbing. The community that once existed within the… [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]