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Child ‘Grooming’ is a subject with which many of us are becoming more familiar and parents more concerned for their child’s welfare, as time passes and social media flourishes. Do we know enough about it and how to spot the signs it may be happening? What is Grooming? Grooming is when someone befriends a child or adolescent and forms a relationship with them built on trust and emotions and may even befriend the family to appear more trustworthy and believable. Groomers will go on to abuse the...

Prince Harry has hit the headlines once again, this time concerning his and wife Meghan’s personal campaign over certain aspects of social media.    The young Royal has accused social media platforms of not doing enough to tackle hate online in an article entitled “Social media is dividing us. Together we can redesign it.”, written for Fast Company, a US business magazine. ...

Instagram is a very popular social media site and a free photo and video sharing network, that along with WhatsApp, is owned by Facebook. The Instagram App is available on iOS, Android and Windows and is free to download and use. Instagrammers can share photos and videos with family, friends and followers. If you’re not familiar with Instagram, this is how it works. Early days of Instagram Instagram was launched in October 2010, by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, on iOS only at that time. By...

Bullying can happen to anyone and indeed a significant number of us have been affected. For those affected, it can be a continual and literal living hell. Bullying can take many forms- from physical assault to some very subtle ways that you may not feel qualifies as bullying. If you are a victim of bullying, you are not alone and here are some ways to reach out for help. Ditch The Label Annual Report In November 2019, the annual survey about bullying in the UK was published by the...

Simple answer is YES! Lots of us already own an Amazon Alexa, such as an Echo or Dot speaker and Google’s version, the Nest. There have been a quite few sceptical warnings telling us to be careful because ‘Alexa is always listening to us.’ Alexa can be like having an extra helping hand around the house with the voice commands that you give it, for example, turning on the light (you do need to purchase smart devices such as Philips Hue lightbulbs to enable Alexa to do this), playing a certain...

WhatsApp is a free messaging and calling service, now owned by Facebook. This social platform differs from the others in that you don’t have a timeline, newsfeed or bio. You can assign a profile picture and a status once you sign up to the service. If the contacts stored in your mobile phone also have WhatsApp, you will be able to connect with them on WhatsApp and message them. The origin of WhatsApp Brian Acton and Jan Koum developed WhatsApp in 2009. Both men were former employees at Yahoo...

LinkedIn is a major player amongst the social networking titans, but with a difference compared to Facebook and Twitter. LinkedIn focuses on the professional community, both with networking and careers. It is the world’s largest professional online network. This networking site is widely utilised by companies promoting their profiles, employers and job seekers. It can be used to make further connections in your professional network and develop new business contacts; B2B businesses can connect...

The App TikTok (known as Douyin in China) is a free streaming service that allows users to watch, share and create short videos, using a smartphone. TikTok is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms in the world and is the most downloaded App, with it being downloaded over 2 billion times and has over 800 million active users worldwide. TikTok was launched in 2017 and started to grow after it acquired musical.ly in August 2018 and the two App services were merged. It is a free Chines...

Twitter is just one of the social media giants and is incredibly simple to set up and use. Twitter lets you send and receive short posts called Tweets, using up to 280 characters. The birth of Twitter In 2006, Jack Dorsey had an idea in which he wanted to create a platform so that friends and family could communicate with one another instantly by writing a status. Along with co-founder Evan Williams, Twitter was born and the first Tweet was sent on 21 March 2006, by Jack, saying “Just setting...