This is a bit different to my usual posts but I felt like I had to write something about social media and how scary it can be….
I’ve just come across a few posts about a 12 year old who committed suicide on Facebook live stream. my heart absolutely goes out to the girl and her family, I can’t imagine what it must feel like as a parent to have to watch your child do something so heartbreaking. and I’ve also heard that Facebook will not remove the video either, as a mum of a 12 year old boy and an 11 year old girl I find this horrifying.
To my older children
So this post is especially for my son Harry and my daughter Ellie-Jayne please do not watch the video if you see it then scroll past, this is one of the reasons I didn’t want you to use social media , the things you watch you cannot un-see.
I know that you have both been through some very tough times in particular you Harry but I also want you to know that there is ALWAYS something we can do to help, if you’re feeling sad or low and like you have nowhere to turn please come to me , if I say I’m busy then be stern and say no mum I NEED to talk to you. I don’t want any of you to ever feel that alone that you feel you have no options there are ALWAYS options , if you don’t want to speak to me about your problems there are lots of other people you can speak to , Gareth, your grandparents, a teacher, a friend. I have been through the whole growing up thing and its tough , there isnt very much that i cant relate to. I haven’t watched this video and I don’t want to either please don’t let curiosity get the better of you, remember when I warned you about graphic things that come up on Facebook and to be careful this is one of those times, you are growing up and I’m so proud of you, both of you, there is nothing in this world that you couldn’t come to me and talk to me about, yes I moan and I nag because that’s what us mums do but I would also go to the ends of the earth to protect you , you are my world. I love you guys please be aware that you are NEVER alone this mum will always have your back xx