Children on Social Media: Never Is Best Practice


It is an undeniable reality that our children are growing up faster than ever before. Young children are introduced to their sexuality ahead of time, through things like fashion and the media. Technology is in the hands of 4 and 5-year olds, via TV and computer screens. The incessant digital world is all around our kids, blinking 24/7 on screens large and small. Pixels and bytes forming shapes, colours and sounds are telling stories and mirroring our lives in weird and wonderful ways. What about children on social media? Is never the best practice?


Social Media & Our Kids


Children think it would be wonderful to have lots of friends. Imagine if you could have more friends than you can fit in this room or this house. The more the merrier is their lovely and naïve conception of that reality. In truth, friends or acquaintances can turn on you at the slightest provocation in the realm of the digital world. Virtual forums on social media disguise the identities of their members. The internet is a fraudulent place, where who says what bears little resemblance to any forum in the flesh and blood real world. There are adults pretending to be children online. Sexual deviants pretending to be your caring friend. Criminals attempting to discover financial information about possible targets for their frauds.


We Must Be Vigilant on Behalf of Our Kids


Kids must be protected from the nefarious elements prevalent on social media platforms. It is not a game to be played by human beings of all ages. This world wide web has plenty of spiders lying in wait for the innocent and unwary. Whilst there are bad people doing nasty things to other human beings, we must be vigilant on behalf of our kids. We must respect the privacy of child care centres to ensure the safety of their attendees. All institutions and facilities that cater for our kids must be adequately protected 24/7.

Social Media is an Adult Conversation

Social media is an adult conversation. It is a free for all between consenting adults. It can be productive, and it can be very negative. It takes the qualities inherent within us all and magnifies those on a much larger scale. It turns micro into mega, intimate into a stadium experience. It involves uncommitted participants in an exchange of opinions. It takes a digital impression of what may or may not be a person and asks you to play along with the charade called social media networking. Children on social media: Never is best practice.


Social Media Safety: Are Your Teenagers Safe on Social Media?

It is a sad case of affairs that human beings, whatever their age, are subject to destructive bullying and vitriol online. The internet is home to faceless cowards venting their bile over platforms like Twitter and other social media platforms. Social media safety: Are your teenagers safe on social media? The simple answer is no, unless they are as thick skinned as a rhinoceros. I do not suggest to parents that they blithely find out if their kids are tough enough, but rather, be vigilantly aware of what is going on in this virtual forum. This online playground, where the knocks can come unseen and with devastating force.


Adolescents on Social Media & the Dangers


Social media is intensely attractive to many teenagers, because it promises the allure of the attention of others and their approval. However, what can transpire is the exact opposite. Your teenager may suddenly face group ridicule and denigration, which can occur 24/7. The pack can turn on one of their own and rip all sense of self-esteem to shreds in that benighted individual. Most adolescents do not have the survival skills to cope with en masse bullying. Suicides are not uncommon in the resultant fallout from these online attacks.


Kids on Twitter & Facebook Can Suffer


Some in the community say that this a whole lot of rubbish and refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. Burying our heads in the sand. when it comes to acknowledging how human behaviour is amplified by technology, will not serve us well in the long term. The privacy lobby resists unpopular safety innovations, when it comes to things like the internet. Social media safety issues around teenagers are very real and demand solutions. Kids on Twitter and Facebook can suffer irreparable damage and be lost to us.


Adolescents are Prone to Suggestibility


Social media is, also, a forum for cultural exchanges and influences; many of which are based on incorrect facts and fear mongering. Our teenagers are being influenced by social media trend setters and much of what they have to say is unhealthy, to say the least. Adolescents are prone to suggestibility and anxieties about body shapes and their sexuality. The incessant nature of social media makes it particularly dangerous to the young and inexperienced. Kids fear missing out on things and social media can reinforce those anxieties. Make sure that you are having regular conversations with your kids about their social media usage and experiences.




Promoting Franchise Businesses Using Social Media

There are two sides to every franchise business. One, the franchisor promoting franchise opportunities to potential franchisees. Two, the franchisee promoting their branch to their customers and market. Social media can help achieve both these aims economically and effectively. Beginning firstly with the franchisor, there are enormous opportunities on the various social media platforms to reach potential franchisees. Social media is a conversation, it is a forum, a virtual place where you can express ideas and opportunities. You can receive feedback from interested parties on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest, to name the main players in the game. Promoting franchise businesses using social media makes a lot of sense.


Franchise Businesses Can Market Via Social Media


A franchise business that’s appealing as family-friendly will have great drawing power for potential franchisees. So many new franchisees are attracted to owning businesses which provide family life/work balance. Many of them have exited the corporate world because of its heavy daily and hourly demands upon its workers. It may pay well, but it puts a strain on personal and family lives. To become your own boss and work your own hours is a very appealing factor in becoming a franchisee. Social media can promote this feature to prospective franchisees.


Social Media Can Supercharge Franchise Opportunities


Deft social media management can promote your franchise business to a market and community ripe for opportunities. The Internet allows you to reach a large audience of interested parties; if you are presenting the right content on social media and managing it adeptly, the world is your oyster. The growing interest in food businesses such as catering, is one prime example of social media’s ability to attract new customers and to tell customers about your franchise. You can find out what customers think about your business. Market research is rife on Facebook and other platforms.



Social Media Management is Essential


Once you have your own franchise branch, you want to promote your own particular outlet to your market, and social media is ideal for that. Geographical locations, combined with your franchise brand name, will target the customers in your locale. Social media management is essential for promoting businesses via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. It takes a daily commitment to posting and responding to your followers, if you are to make your social media a real winner for your franchise business. You can build stronger relationships with all the stake holders in your business through this medium.






Promoting Your Medical Clinic on Social Media

Social media is your community grapevine. You’ve heard that Marvin Gaye song about hearing things on the grapevine, haven’t you? Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus and Twitter are all platforms for your virtual community to interact with you on. You are the local doctor, the village healer, and your medical clinic provides many necessary healthcare services within your community. You need to get the message out and provide a place for feedback from your clients. Promoting your medical clinic on social media endowers your business with multiple marketing opportunities. These avenues are interacting 24/7, whenever a prospective patient may need you.

Social Media Makes Marketing Sense for Medical Centres

If you are running a medical clinic and are not on social media, you must have rocks in your head. I am not sure if anyone famous once said that, but they should have. Social media makes marketing sense for medical centres in Australia. When people get sick, they go online in the twenty first century. They are looking for answers to their healthcare issues. You, as a provider of healthcare, need to be online to provide those answers. Your presence on the internet is both reassuring and informative.

If Your Medical Clinic is on Social Media

People are looking to find out about specialised dental services, paediatric doctors, medicare, bulk billing, sciatica treatments, and every medical issue under the sun. If your medical clinic is on social media, there is a good chance that these prospective clients will find you. Post useful things, like health information about particular conditions and illnesses, for people to read online. Make your presence felt on these channels and you will reap the rewards of customers making appointments to see you professionally.

The Internet is a Panacea for the Sick

Chiropractors on Instagram are showing pictures of their treatments to prospective clients who may need their services. Social media has so much to offer all those people who are in pain and who don’t know where to go for relief. The internet is a panacea for the sick within our communities, it is a portal to possible solutions for serious healthcare issues. No longer are the poor and challenged within our cities dispossessed of real answers to their health problems. Social media will, not only, promote your medical business, it will, also, provide possible avenues toward better health for millions of people. Promoting your medical clinic on social media will get rid of all those rocks in your head, guaranteed!

Disabled & Cute: Positive Disability Hashtag Goes Viral

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When we say that we love ourself, it should also mean that we love our body and we fully accept who we are or what we are.

Last February, a positive disability hashtag went viral after Keah Brown tweeted her selfies with the hashtag #DisabledAndCute. This “Love Yourself” sort of campaign is the last thing we’d expect from a disabled person, given the society’s notion towards them. Brown, a 25-year-old journalist with cerebral palsy from New York, said that most people give the impression that people with disabilities (PWDs) are unattractive and are often perceived as undesirable and broken. Like any other human being, Brown also feels insecure about her body. But one morning, she was feeling cute, so she decided to share on Twitter what she’s feeling. And the Internet overwhelmingly responded.

Disabled & Cute: Positive Disability Hashtag Goes Viral

More often than not, the hashtags that make an impact on Twitter are about musicians, sports, politics, natural disasters and celebrities. There are only quite a few hashtags about body positivity and disability that resonate on Twitter. For the proponents of disability activism, the hashtag #DisabledAndCute gave the spotlight to the disabled and their physical and mental incapacities. It allowed the PWDs to proudly show to the world their disabilities that make them who they are.

The positive disability hashtag also became the tool of people with physical and mental impairments for them to share their stories that purvey the idea of acceptance, joy and body positivity. Having said that, their openness about their disabilities is not an act of bravery, but rather a way of demonstrating that they are fierce and fabulous despite their condition.

According to reports, the majority of the people who joined in the positive disability hashtag are those with genetic disorders, with limited ability to move, and the blind. Their stories that they share are distinct and convey empowerment. There are also people from all walks of life who got involved. These are Internet users who were feeling good and happy about themselves.

Aside from the #DisabledAndCute hashtag, there are also other hashtags that are helping PWDs tell their stories. Some of these are #GetYourBellyOut for people who use colostomy bags; #CripTheVote to empower those with mobility issues to cast their votes; and #ShowMeYourPump for diabetic people who are heavily dependent on insulin pumps.

Tourism Engaging with Social Media

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Marketers would agree that social media is a very powerful and cost-efficient way in promoting a business. Truth be told, it has dramatically transformed how companies communicate and reach their target market. For instance, the dawn of the Internet age and the increasing popularity of social media led to big changes in travel marketing and in the industry in general. Through social tourism, travelers and holidaymakers can easily search for tourist destinations and activities to enjoy here in the Land Down Under.

The social media also became the platform where tourists can tell about their great and not so great experiences. Since word travels fast online, they take social media abuzz, and even praise or jeer the people who made their trip unforgettable.

Tourism Engaging with Social Media

One of the lessons that businesses engaged in tourism should learn by heart is that they must not doubt the influence of social media. Having said that, it is a double edged sword; that is, social media can both be a threat and an aid to a country’s tourism sector.

Our very own Tourism Australia is said to be a global powerhouse in terms of social media destination marketing. One of their strategies why they had an overwhelming online presence is that they use their social media platforms in turning the loyal fans as the hero. Each week, Tourism Australia has their “Friday Fan Photos” where fan pictures from their trips in the country are published on their page. This way, the followers become the country’s tourism ambassadors.

The businesses in tourism engaging with social media also use the platform in online reputation management. More often than not, customers express their disappointment and frustration online. Such negative feedback is damaging to the company’s brand and image. As a step in damage control, they use the social media in getting to the bottom of their client’s concerns. For instance, airline companies, such as JetBlue and American Airlines, have mastered the skills in addressing flight issues of their customers. In fact, they always add a human touch when dealing with customer complaints on social media.

According to Jesse Desjardins, the Social Media and Advocacy Officer of Tourism Australia, one of the most common mistakes of businesses in the tourism industry is that they pour too much resources in their social media campaigns that they forgot they also have a website. Yes, social media can be used in bolstering brand awareness and increasing new leads. However, customers still make transactions on websites, and not on social media channels. Therefore, it is important that they also invest in a simple, but beautiful website.

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Chai memes made for client

Mmm chai. You either love it or you hate it, there is hardly an in between. The aromatic blend of herbs and spices hints at the deliciousness that is about to invade your senses. This traditional centuries old tea – based drink originally from India has grown so popular that there is a chai in every country. Bondi Chai latte’s spin on this spiced brew is such that it is perfect to drink either hot or cold; can be stored in its original package up to 2 years; is gluten-free; can be used to flavour drinks and desserts; and is a genuinely all-Australian product.

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Nothing warms the heart quite like Bondi Chai


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Bondi Chai for breakfast idea


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Bondi Chai Royale


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What goes best with a cup of chai? Another cup


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How wonderful it is to have your chai and eat it too


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It is never too late for a latte


Can Your Social Media Profile Affect Your Job Prospects?

We live in an age of digital records permanently diarising our lives, and we are ourselves complicit in that process. Our identities are emblazoned in pixels and bytes, producing profiles for all to see. Mothers should tell their children that, “Facebook is forever!” It is a digital tattoo of everything that you may have once thought hilarious to share online with friends and…. (wait for it) strangers. Your prospective employers will scan your social media profiles; this is now de rigour for those trained in human resources. Corporations want to know who they are investing in and whether they have any stains on their character.

Can Your Social Media Profile Affect Your Job Prospects?

Of course it can and does every single minute of every single day. As the HR person weighs up the pros and cons of all the candidates before her or him, who are they going to choose, the crazy pisshead or the cleanskin? What do you think? It is all about risk management inside the company. If they could employ robots that worked 24/7 they would if the price was right. Robots are just currently too expensive in many fields, but the self-scanning aisles at the supermarket should give you some idea of the future ahead.

Remember strangers do not know the real you, so, they cannot balance out your behaviour highs and lows like intimate friends can. Facebook is a book of pictures, a digital photo album with annotated text, short videos and such; but most importantly it is open to the world at large in most instances. It is an invitation to strangers to come and peer into snapshots of your life. Everything you write, say and show goes on public trial. Sydney employers will be sifting through your posts and pages in judgement upon your character.

Can your social media profile affect your job prospects? You better believe it baby! Think about the stilted conversations you have with your employers when you first meet them. They do not really know you from a bar of soap, but they hope that you are squeaky clean. Foul Twitters from you, what kind of impression does that give? Obscene Instagrams and dirty blogs, are these the signs of an exemplary employee? They do not think so. Psychologists refer to your ‘shadow side’ because it is meant to remain in the shadows, not dance a jig centre stage. Flashing a brown eye in public is not an endearing habit in the eyes of those who seek to judge you. Remember what your mother should have told you – Facebook is forever, you dolt!


Photography Transforming Websites In The Digital Age

A picture is worth a thousand words, this saying stays true to the hearts of a huge number of individuals. There is indeed a lot to talk about with still images making them a great topic for discussion. Many find the field of photography to work quite well in the advertising and marketing space and as such, you will not be finding any shortage of pictures that are posted in several websites found today. Let us consider how websites were transformed in the digital age with the help of photography.

The lifeline of a website revolves around the content that it provides to their online visitors. Without them, a website will feel empty and hollow having little to no life in it. It should be noted that online content does not solely revolve around the creation of articles. Photos play a very important role in keeping the attention of your online visitors intact making them feel relatively at home when they visit your website. Without them, your site will feel stale and a drop in customer interest will be experienced in just a short amount of time even if you produce high quality articles on a regular basis.

It is always good to find a good measure of balance between photos and articles. This is quite apparent especially in 2016, where some webmasters are now taking the lead in developing websites that are almost like digital magazines due to their use of images. Of course, having strong and appealing photos can not just attract traffic to a website, but also when Alt Tags are used, they can contribute towards the SEO standing of a website. This in turn makes it fairly easy to gain the much needed attention that your website requires.

Online users who visit a photo-essay style website tend to enjoy reading every bits of their content especially since it they provide them in well organized and orderly manner. It is relatively easy to read and get into giving the website a user friendly feeling or experience to its visitors. Pictures are evenly placed and well distributed giving online readers a clear overview on what to expect upon their visit to their website. Indeed, the feeling that you are reading a digital magazine on your browser or phones is what you will get with this particular form of structure.

Aside from their own websites, companies today have also shifted some of their attention towards the social media aspect of their business. This can be seen with many companies today each having their very own social media profile. The ACM Group Facebook page is quite active in the social media and they alternate their content by mixing in some videos, photos and news articles their fans and followers can enjoy as these are posted over their newsfeed. Updates coming from social media are also seamless and instantaneous making them easy to find.

It is good to see that a huge number of websites are embracing the changes that are happening in this modern and digital age. There is indeed a lot of room for improvement and we can expect new innovations on how photography and other related and noteworthy features can be integrated to some of the websites found in the present.

Social Media Risks and Security in Australia

How secure is your use of social media online? Many of us use social media to interact with friends, family and acquaintances, but just how secure is our use of that medium? We have probably all heard stories about bosses monitoring their workers Facebook pages and people getting sacked for posting information and/or opinions about the business they work for. And those who take ‘sickies’ and then post pictures of themselves having a good time when they are supposed to be ill.

Are you releasing far too much information into the public sphere without considering the use of it by nefarious types? Burglars, who might be casing your joint, watching your street, can now find out about your impending holiday online with not too much trouble. Defrauders, who are everywhere on the internet, can plan strategies tailored to your hobbies and interests gleaned from social media. Social media posting can lead to defamation action if you are not careful. Every digital footprint that you leave is increasing your potential exposure to crime and unwanted attention.

Is it more risky for women than men? Women, generally, have more to fear than men from online stalkers and sexual perverts. Obsessed men watching your every move, can now, also track your social habits and activities. Innocent behaviour posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blogs can lead to unwanted attention by weirdoes. It is sad that we must consider these security issues when we are sharing online. Be careful with online dating because most people are not who they appear to be in this sphere. But what about kids and paedophiles? Yes there instances of online grooming using social media like YouTube.

Remember to lock up your property in the real world and protect your identity in the digital realm. Contact a locksmith if you do not have adequate security measures in your home, business or car. Better to be prepared for any eventuality than to blithely ignore the awful things that you hear on the news and read in the papers. Social media and security risks in Australia are very real and police are asking people to pay heed to their warnings.

The Internet is a desensitised world, meaning that you cannot trust your normal senses in this electronic digital universe. You are presented with images claiming to be this man or woman, but you don’t know who is really behind them. Stories are concocted and posted online, but they are often untrue. You cannot trust the data before your eyes and you cannot smell a rat online. Your ability to evaluate body language is completely blind online. Remember that and be prepared.