Bespoke Words: Parents, why are your children on Instagram?

Dear Parents – why is your child on Instagram…?

Dear Parents of Under 13 Year Old Children With Instagram Accounts,

Are you okay with your child lying? I guess you are.
If they will lie about their date of birth for social media when they are 8-12 years old, what about drinking alcohol when they are 13 to 17 years old? (Alcohol is just one example)

Are you okay with your child searching for, and looking at, porn, sex, drugs, alcohol and stupid or dangerous behaviour? I guess you are.
A simple search can show images of ALL these things. Instagram cannot police everyone, every minute, of every day – no matter how many people report inappropriate content.

There is no reasonable explanation for allowing your children to have Instagram if they are under 13. You are kidding yourself and on some level you are cheating them out of a childhood.

I know a lot of parents who have flat-out told me ‘it’s just too hard to watch everything they do online’. I consider that lazy parenting. Have you at least read the Instagram Tips for Parents section..? If you cannot be bothered clicking on that link – here’s some of what they have to say to parents:

“We encourage parents to exercise any discretion they can on their own phones and in overseeing their child’s internet use.

I’ve considered every possible response that I will receive to this, and in advance, here is my response.

Lying is lying. And you just can’t UNsee some things.

Respectfully yours,

An Adult Instagrammer

(I manage 2 personal accounts and 1 business account on Instagram. Previously I managed an Instagram account for a client)

Leave it to Weird Al to make a brilliant parody about words! It sums up my personal frustrations about English usage on the Internet perfectly.

This is compulsory viewing for anyone writing anything, anywhere and anytime, in English. Those who understand will laugh; as for the rest of you – TAKE NOTE!

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes

Music video by “Weird Al” Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

How do you feel about the way we use and abuse the English language..?

 

 

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Brick and Mortar Store Owners: I can’t Click Your Social Media Stickers

Nicole Fox Noble:

Discussion time: to display or not to display social media icons OFFline; as in on your storefront, car, sandwich board or at point of sale?

Originally posted on Digital Media Cafe:

More of a pet peeve than anything else, I cringe whenever I see a store owner use valuable advertising space within stores to lazily display social media icons. I am a big proponent of brands advocating their social media presence, but merely displaying icons will not only confuse your audience, but prove to be as effective as yelling at customers.

(although yelling “Buy Now!” repeatedly could scare them into purchasing).

Take the following example I saw earlier today (no offense to the store owner of this business).

Brick & Mortar Store Owners: I can't Click Your Social Media Logos

Can you spot the issue in the case above? People walking past the store are asked to follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram- that’s normal. However, how are they supposed to find the business in question? Merely displaying the icons without any sort of link or even a QR code means you are asking users to spend valuable time trying…

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Bespoke Words App Test Drive

Bespoke Words App Test Drive

Writer: the Internet Typewriter

 

Different things motivate writers.

Many writers I know feel inspired that bit extra when it rains. Others get drunk. For reasons (not beyond exploring) I still like using vintage pen and paper; it slows down my train of thought to a more legible pace. As a guilty pleasure I go retro and use a typewriter which has a similar impact with a little more pace.

Once you have rearranged your writing space furniture, scheduled your writing tasks and promised yourself to write more this year than ever before, all you’re left with is procrastination or activation. This year I’ve happened upon an app that really tickles my fancy. It isn’t a new app, so you may already be familiar with it, it’s been around since 2007.

This application is, Writer: the Internet Typewriter. Quick, simple and straightforward, it gets the job done while creating an old-fashioned writing environment. Even if you’re not a writer, if you want to experience what it feels like to type like we they used to, give it a whirl just for fun.

The basic version comes free without annoying advertising. You can choose your own font, line spacing and colours. It can run from your desktop and you can save, download, print or PDF your work. If you use WordPress, you can export text files directly. It provides both word and character count as you type, you can even set yourself a deadline or a word count goal. Best of all, you can select a sound – yes – there is a choice between electric and manual typewriter sounds. The feeling of typing old-school is probably what floats my boat the most!

Big hat tip to John Watson and writer.bighugelabs.com for developing this one. My comments are unsolicited and without reward, but I admit I’m loving Writer so much I probably will go for the upgrade! This app is the coolest thing since Writeroom; the app that inspired it. For now, I thought it was worth sharing with fellow writers looking for something different in 2014.

Bespoke Words App Test Drive Writer - Pro Bespoke Words App Test Drive