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Happy 13th birthday grandson.

You can now legitimately have a Facebook profile.  I am very unhappy for you.

Suddenly 13 seems to be the new age of consent and you will be catapulted into a world that has far too much adult content when you are still going to be coming to terms with puberty.

If you and I were Facebook friends you would be faced with some of the awful images and news items I share in anger and in disbelief. You’d get to share the horror I often feel when faced with stories of abuse of children and animals.  I am sure you will get adverts down the right hand side of your profile that are completely inappropriate for a 13 year old.

I know that your dad will use what parental controls he can and I know that he is always aware of your safety when using the internet.  I also know that if you ever have another Smart phone, these parental controls will be useless.  I am pretty sure your mum will not be making sure you’re safe whilst using the internet (nor your 8 year old brother) whilst you’re visiting her, as I know she allows you to watch films that are not suitable for children of your age.  So, all the protection in the world will not actually protect you from the horrors of the world we live in.

Back in the very early 90’s (well before you were born) my younger sister aged 33 embarked on her training to become a nurse.  As part of her training she spent a week or two with a community midwife and was very shocked to discover there was a large under 5’s at risk register in her town.  She’d naively believed that this sort of thing only happened in cities and OTHER towns.  So at 33 she had to deal with her feelings about that.  Now there is potential for my 13 year old (20 years younger) grandsons to learn about these things.

So, Happy Birthday young man, and I wish life for you could be as sheltered and innocent mine appeared to be.





A great blog providing clarity regarding the Savile case.

A great blog providing clarity regarding the Savile case.

He’s dead so why are we bothering?

Thank you Lisa.

Who polices Facebook

Whilst browsing just now, I came across a status update from a friend who has a page come up in her news feed called, “Dead Baby Jokes”.  Yes, you read it correctly.  I have chosen not to search for the page, so am not adding a link here,  but instead I searched the term in Twitter and discovered others discussing it.  There is a photo of the page, and it has over 27000 likes!  The discussion on Twitter suggests that despite if being reported (and I can imagine it is reported time and again) it hasn’t been removed.

A couple of years ago I started a page to try to publicise the identity of a serial con man who’d conned my daughter.  The page did reasonably well, and yet within 2 or 3 weeks I had been advised to take the page down.  Being a law-abiding type and not wanting to lose my Facebook profile, I did as was requested.

Where is the justice in this, my page was more or less harmless, in fact the only one it might have “harmed” is now serving yet another jail sentence that will most likely end too soon.  Meanwhile, the Dead Baby Jokes page continues to cause untold harm and unnecessary suffering to those who have lost babies, and continues to reinforce the sick people in our society.

I have looked at reporting the page, looked at Facebook’s Help Centre and cannot see where I can actually contact someone and write this to them.  I know from other experiences of reporting stuff to Facebook that they do nothing.   So Facebook, please let me know why you have done nothing about this page…..please tell me who is checking you’re doing a good job?

Whoever reads this, I would be grateful if you would share it as far as possible….maybe eventually Facebook or someone who can remove the page might just get the message.

My mom married a psychopath, part 2

My mom married a psychopath, part 2.

Part two of this horrible story.