I have been on Facebook for donkey’s years. It has always been a great way to keep in contact with people that live close or far away. At my recent school reunion, it was strange because we all knew so much about each other’s lives having seen photos and status updates on Facebook.
It also allows Chris and I to speak several times a days through Messenger, plus I keep in contact with family, arrange playdates and look out for places to visit. So many uses!
I had none of these before I started my blog 9 months ago so it has been a real learning curve, getting used to hashtags, working out filters etc and pinnable stuff (not doing great on that one 🙁 )
YouTube is my favourite because it gives me a chance to be me in the same way that this blog does. I was inspired to start my own channel as Matthew, Anya and Chris already had theirs (Train Slam, Anyaboo,Mastershed) so me and Zach felt left out! The first couple of times in front of the camera felt a bit weird but now it is fine and I just gabble away 🙂
My blog is my main way of being social, being the person that I am to those closest to me but who I am too shy to reveal to most people.
Social media has changed the world, making distance something of the past. We can now connect with more people than ever before, quicker than ever before. We can use it to campaign for the things that matter to us, to find out information quickly, to raise awareness of issues that are close to our hearts.
Yes, there are risks to our young children. Yes, we have to filter out the fake news. Yes, we have to tolerate opinions we may not agree with. We need to be prepared to deal with the negatives and teach our children to use social media responsibly.
I personally think the world is a better place thanks to social media, I know it has made this shy girl feel more confident and happy…