Social Influencers


Being a Social Influencer is a big deal.

For example, Selena Gomez.

Selena Gomez is a global superstar. She is the most followed person on Instagram (133 million and counting.) Her Social platform is a great way to spread awareness about certain topics towards millions of people, which is exactly what she does.

DACA, aka ‘Dreamers’, has been a big issue recently and Selena posted about it supporting it.  She also wore a ‘we are all dreamers’ shirt while behind the scenes.

She has lupus. So, to raise awareness about the disease she donated a lot of money to research. They have raised around $500,000 ever since Selena spoke about it and proceeds from her very high grossing tour went to lupus research.

She and her mother, Mandy, produced a very big TV programme called ‘13 reasons why’ which creates awareness about suicide, which has been a very big problem recently.

She has supported charities like the ‘Step up foundation’ which is about empowerment and fulfilling ones potential. The ‘We movement’ which is where the younger generation (around 16,000 people) come together to talk about social issues and making a better world. They have a ‘we day’ every year and Selena has hosted it 4 times and she has been supporting this movement for a while.

Unicef (The United Nations Children Fund) is quite a large and global charity.  Selena has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2009 and is the youngest ambassador there has ever been.  She has been to places like Nepal, which is a LIC (low income country) and has given money and supported the cause to help the most unfortunate of people.

Recently, there has been a lot of cases to do with sexual assault. There has been a very well known movement called ‘Time’s Up’ which is to create awareness and fight against sexual assault. Selena was one of the first to post about it on Instagram to spread the message and she anonymously donated $1 Million to the movement which is the biggest amount a celebrity has donated.

Here are a few more charities, which she has supported:

  • 10×10
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Stand Up To Cancer
  • Malala Fund
  • The Salvation Army
  • Teen Cancer America
  • Free the Children
  • ENOUGH Project
  • ALS Association

There are about 15+ charities/foundations that she has worked with.

We need more social influencers to create awareness about these types of topic to a wide audience and make a difference to improve our world and to get more people involved.

We need more people like Selena.

Samsung Galaxy S8

There is a large battle in the tech world especially between the two tech giants of the phone world: Apple and Samsung. Despite the conflicts between both Apple and Samsung users, no one can doubt that everyone is excited for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to be released on March 29th in Barcelona.

The phone will be released on March 29th 2017 in Barcelona, where it will be available for sale and will gradually make its way to the shops globally and will be released in the Uk on April 21st 2017.

The new phone will be battery tested in a more thorough procedure to prevent incidents similar to the galaxy note 7 fiasco of 2016. Also more battery space has been added as an experimental way of preventing the phone to explode.

As well as in built fire/ explosion prevention systems, the S8 has leaked features which are still yet to be verified however have a good possibility to be included.

The first and probably most exciting feature of them all is the new iris scanner and facial recognition system. The system theoretically should be similar to that that is seen in films which makes the phone even more futuristic. This system (along with fingerprint) will be used as a lock system for even more privacy and protection of identification.

The other concept features will be reviewed in less detail as they are less exciting:
2. Narrower bezel and much bigger, dual curved display.
3. Ultra HD 4K resolution.
4. A revamped virtual or rear home button.
5. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (most likely for the Uk)
6. Dual rear cameras.
7. USB-C port.

As well as all of these amazing feature the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes in a variety of colours and ultimately should be a massive step in technology and a massive improvement to previous phones to be marvelled at.

Story by Harry (Main contributor), Adam and Logan (film contributors), correspondents of the BBC school report of St Ambrose Barlow

Yahoo accounts hacked


Yahoo said on Wednesday that it had discovered another major cyber-attack.

They said that data from more than 1 billion user’s accounts was compromised.

“Don’t panic,” security expert Graham Cluley told the BBC, although he does add that there are plenty of reasons to be concerned.

The problem is that they have only just found out that this happened and it happened in August in 2013. 3 years ago!

Yahoo has also said it is investigating a more recent, separate issue that might have made some accounts accessible without passwords.

This means that there is another problem that Yahoo isn’t telling everyone that could have something to do with the hacking of the accounts. Another problem is that they have only just told people about the hack now so if they would have said about this in 2013 this might have been sorted but it’s a been 3 years so loads of more information has been compromised. The hacker(s) could have got used to the system and found out more ways to access the private information.

“Your email account is the central hub of your entire online existence – if they own that they can ask for password resets on other accounts you have online as well,” explains Mr Cluley. This isn’t very reassuring for people, this just makes them more worried.

Yahoo own many accounts but Yahoo has said, though, that accounts for Tumblr – which it also owns – would not have been affected.

By Alisha

The Reality of Internet Dating

The Reality of ‘Hook Up’ apps:

In 2013 the reported crimes (in England and Wales) of any dating apps were 55; according to the Freedom of Information Act. The number spiked to 204 in 2014, only to jump again to 412 in 2015. The amount of people who use dating apps is rising every day and with that rises the risk. The most common reports that police get are violent or sexual crimes, which includes grooming, rapes, and the sexual exploitation of children.

The dangers of using apps like Tinder are horrific, as Angela Jay learnt. Angela was savagely attacked by a man she met on Tinder, he stabbed and doused in petrol. Allegedly, he had gone to her home before and waited her for her to arrive from work before his attack. The 28 year old doctor was attacked as she ended their brief relationship, which Paul Lambert (the attacker) was not happy about. He blew up her phone with threatening and abusive messages, such as “You’re are not safe in that house… I have some of the house keys.” Angela actually had a restraining order on the man, yet that meant nothing to him. After she was stabbed repeatedly, she dragged her body to the neighbour’s house.  He tried to flee but was caught on the highway. The strangest thing is that it was most out of character for Lambert, which comes to show how the internet shows a different side to people, one you would never imagine.

This is only one of the many stories that show a different side to dating apps. All you see are the ‘success stories’ of how someone found their ‘soul mate’ on Tinder, yet the reality of it all may be harder to grasp, as it is much, much worse.







Constellation of Celebs!

Another year comes and it’s the time for the 2016 National Television Awards! The television stars appear all glitz and glammed, ready for the red carpet and the paparazzi and the bright, white flashes of the camera at undoubtedly, one of the most star-spangled events of the year. With such a buzzing atmosphere, all the celebrities are styled to practically perfection to make dazzling impressions throughout at the night as they hope to win an influential award…

With Dermot O’Leary as the presenter of the night, who deserves his own award, it was bound to be an unforgettable night!

On the red carpet last night, former Coronation Street actress, Suranne Jones, even told us that she was pregnant! That is certainly an extravagant way of announcing the special news!

The Geordie duo that everyone knows, Ant & Dec, won their 15th NTA award in a row! They are very grateful and thankful for their 15 awards on the trot, however, they’ve even been told to step down a notch to give other presenters a chance! I don’t think that their successful career will give in any time soon!

The winners of the 2016’s National Television Awards are as followed:
Billy Connolly- Special Recognition.
Danny Dyer- Serial Drama Performance for Eastenders.
Shane Ward- Newcomer for Coronation Street.
Suranna Jones- Drama Performance for Doctor Foster.
Aidan Turner- Impact Award for Poldark.
Ant & Dec- TV presenter.
Eastenders- Serial Drama.
I’m A Celebrity…Get me Out Of Here!- Entertainment Programme.
Strictly Come Dancing- Talent Show.
Gogglebox- Factual Entertainment.
Downton Abbey- Drama.
The Chase- Daytime.
Peter Kay’s Car Share- Comedy.
The Big Bang Theory- International.
Doctor Foster- New Drama.
This Morning- Live Magazine Show.
The Great British Bake Off- Challenge Show.

Now we have to wait another year for the next NTA’s, a very much anticipated event in the TV business! And for us as we await the next winners!

Written By Natalie

Massive increase in incidents on social media

Social media was invented for positive purposes: to enable communication between friends and many different people, and to share the things that people would want to see with the world. The problem is, however, that there are a huge number of issues that currently affect adolescents and young people caused by social media.

Ms Wright, a teacher who deals with these issues on a very regular basis, says that there is an awful lot of pressure implemented on young people. She said: “There’s been a massive increase in incidents on social media. Even in the last 2 years the number of problems have definitely increased. It causes problems in friendship groups and children receive threats and have been victims of cyber-bullying.”

It’s clear that it is a major issue that must be addressed because it is extremely worrying that some children are more deeply affected by this form of bullying than physical bullying. A survey conducted by Cyber Bully Radar found that 47% of 200 surveyed students had been bullied more times than they could remember, and many of those occasions were via text or social media. From these shocking statistics, it’s obvious that social media is having severe implications on the wellbeing of young people.