• eSafety

    “My Mum Reads My Texts”… Checking Kids Phones and eSafety

    “My Mum reads my texts”, is the digital age version of “My mum reads my diary”. Did you write a diary when you were younger? If you did, you may remember the fear of your parents reading it, finding out all those private thoughts, spying on you. Then the similarity between the diary and the smartphone ends, because a diary is kept private, while social media and text updates are shared with others. Many parents worry about their children, and their use of social media and smartphones. Are they being bullied – or are they bullying others? Are they sharing information that they shouldn’t? Who are they talking to online,…

  • instagram for kids

    Social Media for Kids – What Parents Need to Know About Instagram

    This is the fourth in the series about Social Media for Kids, today dealing with what parents need to know about Instagram. Catch up on the earlier posts on Online Safety for Kids, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter first. One of the most popular Social Media sites for young people at the moment is Instagram. As an image-based mobile site, it is ideal for kids to get their first experience of social networking.

  • eSafety

    The Social Media Generation

    Most schools offer good advice, and have policies in place to tackle cyberbullying, but what about the wider implications of our kids being the first Social Media Generation? They have grown up with Facebook and Twitter, they are used to their lives being shared online. My kids say, ‘Put that on YouTube’ when I filmed the dog doing something funny. They have not yet learned the dark side of the internet.  I have written about keeping kids safe on the internet, but how should we be teaching our kids about Social Media, and the long term implications of what they are tweeting or facebooking.   I have had conversations with teachers who admitted…

  • Social Media

    Twitter Friends – Are We All in Agreement?

    Have you filled your Twitter feed with those who are often in agreement with you? Or do you enjoy hearing dissenting voices?   ‘Is Twitter anything more than an online echo chamber?’ asked Laura Marcus in the Guardian today.     Drawing attention to the fact that twitter users tend to follow those who share similar political viewpoints and interests, Laura quotes Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, who stated   “You chose who to follow. There is a whole world of deep dark Twitter if you follow those who don’t think like you. But people don’t do that. I would not so much say it’s leftwing as knee jerk. So outrage over…

  • Blogging

    Blagging – Would a Blog Review Persuade You to Buy?

    Well, it has been a busy couple of days on the blogosphere. Kicked off by this post  by Sian at Mummy Tips, swiftly followed by Mummy From The Heart, asking if she is a blagger and the journalist’s view from Joanne Mallon. Sian noted that increasingly the service Response Source, which is used by PR companies to find journalists and bloggers interested in writing about their clients’ products, has been overrun by bloggers looking for products to review. Particularly “Mummybloggers” are giving bloggers a bad name, by badgering PR companies with emails sometimes several times a day. Sian has decided not to use Response Source since there are so many bloggers…

  • Social Media

    Natwest Online Banking Fail

    UPDATE – If you are looking for information on the current NatWest banking issues, I am afraid I can’t help. This post was written two years ago. Shame that NatWest still haven’t gotten to grips with the IT issues.      “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound” If a bank suffers from a massive IT failure and no one tweets about it, would we have heard about it?     This is something that I was wondering earlier. If the massive failure of the online and telephone banking systems that has befallen Natwest and RBS over…

  • Social Media

    Social Benefits of The Internet – LondonCyber Conference

    Do you remember the years before the internet? When we had to look up telephone books and encyclopaedias for information. When we used maps – real proper paper maps – to find the way to a friend’s house. When we had to estimate how long it would take us to get there, and look up bus timetables that were kept in a box under the stairs? If I were to tell my 9 year old daughter that I used to have to limit my phone calls to my parents in Scotland to once a week, as the international phone calls were so expensive, she would likely ask why we didn’t…