I Feel Ashamed And Mortified

I haven’t blogged for a while and my use of social media has been dramatically reduced. Why? Because I felt I had become addicted to all the bullshit that goes with it. The last thing I would look at at night was my phone. The first thing I would look at in the morning was my phone so that I could to see how many views or how many likes or new followers I had on social media. Did it make me feel better? No. It was having the opposite effect. It was getting me down and I knew that… [Read More]

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]

Mental Health Our Young People And Social Media

The world we currently live in is fast moving and technology is making the world move even faster. It’s actually crazy to think that many of our young people actually don’t have any idea what life was like without the internet or social media. It would be a very interesting study to take them back to my childhood when technology was limited to just the television, radio and a landline telephone. Yes, remember those? A fixed telephone in the home where everybody could hear your conversations. Privacy didn’t exist back in those days, but I actually don’t think that was… [Read More]

Is The Smart Phone Really Killing Conversation: I Don’t Think So

We are constantly hearing how the smart phone and technology in general are killing the art of conversation in the family home or in fact in our general lives. This got me thinking is it really that different to 30 years ago before the internet had been invented to the degree of where it’s at now? Anything and everything is accessible just by a touch of a finger or google had even been thought about. Let’s be honest we would be lost without google, but it’s just an extension of the reference book that so many of us used to… [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]

Is Blogging/Vlogging And Social Media Really a Numbers Game?

I have been blogging for four years and in that time I have seen many bloggers, vloggers and social media guru’s rise to meteoric stardom in their chosen field of online activity. With this their following has grown to quite honestly a huge number, while I have floated along with my meagre following in comparison, but it begs the question how important are numbers and when it comes to your following when you are working with brands does it affect the fee you charge? I actually think I’m proof that it really doesn’t matter if you have 100k or 20k… [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]