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Besides all the fantastic information listed in this article…… “social skills:
Turn off your phones until kids are in bed to avoid digital distraction.”

https://faithit.com/silent-tragedy-affecting-todays-children-victoria-prooday/

That one sentence is the most important. So often you see kids driven to distraction /frustration/tears/anger because Mummy and Daddy are more interested in facebook than their kids.

A 100 % increase in suicides for age group 10-14??? That can be directly related to the advent of (not so) smart phones and (not very) social media.

Pay attention to your children. They are young for such a short space of time.

Its NOT the schools responsibility to instil the values needed for healthy children.

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I found this absolutely fascinating video on youtube today via facebook…… (hey you gotta love social media). My jaw dropped with amazement as I watched. I wondered at the vast difference between a London Market and a Bangkok Market.

London Market:

London Market Stall....safe on the sidewalk

and a Bangkok Market Stall

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14.¬† Everyone on Twitter is looking for the next big thing or most interesting piece of content to link to.¬† Wouldn‚Äôt you rather be the big thing than merely another person pointing at it? –¬†via @jeffbullas

I have enjoyed and toyed with Twitter since I first signed up in December 2008, not expecting the journey to be so much fun and so transformational.

For the first few months I sent the occasional tweet, connected with a few friends and watched the stream pass by, at the time I often said “I don’t know what to say”.

Then suddenly¬†I started to really get into the swing of things, connecting with people from around the world, enjoying ‘chat’s, being as inventive as I could with my 140 character¬†‘tweets’.¬† I learned about #ff aka #followfriday, #traveltuesday and about #trending topics.

I spent hours following links and reading about places and finding out things I never knew existed.¬† In fact I have since become quite addicted….I could seriously live on twitter; all day!¬†¬† I often tell my daughter I was born to twitter! ūüôā and along the way I have ‘met’ some wonderful people, and consider them great online friends.

In March 2009 I started this blog inspired by the content, search engine optimisation, social media inspiration and evangelism provided by Hubspot.  I already had a blog which I started in November 2008, where I wrote about my travels and things that inspired me, although since starting this blog I have been very slack about keeping it up to date.

I then waded in a bit deeper and started to use tools and apps like TweetDeck and Bit.ly, Social Oomph, Hootsuite and Ping.fm to integrate with Twitter.¬† I started to¬†follow the ‘experts’, reading as much as possible on¬†what they call Social Media.

I have since become quite the ‘geek’ as my daughter puts it and have my favourites to follow eg @jeffbullas @chrisbrogan @mashable @marismith (facebook expert)¬†and @sethgodin (squidoo & tribes)¬†amongst others.¬† I have learned so much that my brain bursts with info; info¬†that pops out from time to time and amazes me that I know that stuff ūüôā

One of my favourite tweeters/bloggers to follow is @jeffbullas and I have gained invaluable knowledge from reading his posts, some of which are incredibly funny.¬† His blog posts are informative, useful and educational.¬† I read voraciously.¬† He also advocates the blog before twitter aspect of social media, so of course…I listened to the teacher….

…and¬†have subsequently become quite the blogger.¬†¬†I now have¬†5 blogs, some more active than others, and¬†6 twitter accounts.¬† I also run 3 facebook accounts!¬† How bizarre!¬† Consider this:¬† 10 years ago it was all I could do to send an email, and now just over 18 months later……..

I guess I have learned my lessons well; today to my absolute delight, I was asked by an online community in Richmond if they could feature my latest blog on Twickenham!!  Thanks to all my teachers.

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I was reading a very interesting blog today from Jeff Bullas; 30 Things You Should Not Share on Social Media.

He mentions some seriously idiotic things that people post on facebook and following close behind on twitter.  They tend to forget that their posts are open to public viewing and all it takes is for someone to take offence or perhaps a work colleague to notice a detrimental comment and ooops you could lose your job, or at the least face disciplinary action.  I was aghast at some of the stuff people write about and call me naive or ignorant, but I did not think that people actually post pictures of themselves inebriated or comments on their bodily functions!

One of the replies on the blog from a reader commented that because of the apparently virtual anonimous space of our computers, the barriers of propriety are breaking down and things you would not dream of saying to someone’s face, are shared via the virtual world.¬†¬† Stories have a way of spreading and going viral as it is known today.¬†¬†¬†¬† I was thinking about the various items that Jeff mentioned on his blog and the power of social media for spreading the word so to speak.¬†¬† But what of the age old methods from the past: gossip.¬†¬† Gossip passed on becomes rumour, and no less damaging albeit on a smaller scale.¬†¬† Imagine my suprise then¬†when I opened my email box today to find this article from my sister:

“Once upon a time an old man spread rumours that his neighbour was a thief.¬†¬†¬† ¬†As a result, the young man was arrested.¬†¬†¬† ¬†Days later the young man was proven innocent.¬†¬†¬†¬† After being released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court the old man told the Judge:¬†¬† ¬†“They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: “Write all the things you said about him in a piece of paper.¬†¬†¬† ¬†Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear your sentence.”¬†

Next day, the judge told the old man: “Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.¬†¬†¬†¬† ” The old man said: “I can’t do that!¬†¬† ¬†The wind spread them and I won’t know where to find them.”

The judge then replied: “In the same way, simple comments may destroy the honour of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, rather don’t say anything‚ÄĚ.”

Which brings me to the article from Jeff and the list; beware of what you say on public forums; if you can’t speak well of yourself or someone else, rather don’t say anything at all.

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