USE THE ‘BLOCK’ AND ‘MUTE’ BUT­TONS TO KEEP NEG­A­TIV­ITY AT BAY

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - NEWS - Linda Ma­her

I AB­SO­LUTELY adore Chrissy Teigen on Twit­ter. Her hon­est, sassy and usu­ally hi­lar­i­ous posts are the ab­so­lute op­po­site of so much of the PR spin that celebri­ties put on the so­cial me­dia plat­form. It’s ob­vi­ous from most stars’ ac­counts that their pub­li­cists are writ­ing the posts and they have no clue what is be­ing put out to the uni­verse as ‘their’ thoughts. Chrissy, by con­trast, is 100% be­hind her posts – prob­a­bly to her pub­li­cist’s anger at times! On

page 10, we talk to her and her hus­band John Leg­end. They come across as a dream cou­ple, al­ways back­ing each other in what­ever en­deav­ours they are cur­rently chas­ing. But even John ad­mits that some­times his phone starts ping­ing with no­ti­fi­ca­tions to say that Chrissy has got her­self into a fierce de­bate again – usu­ally over her cook­ing or moth­er­ing skills, both of which are might­ily im­pres­sive. The sub­ject of on­line bul­ly­ing is one I’ve spo­ken about on this page be­fore and it’s some­thing that I be­lieve is ru­in­ing count­less lives around the world. Chrissy is one of the peo­ple I ad­mire most for how she deals with trolls and bul­lies on Twit­ter. She han­dles it with strength, poise and a lot of hu­mour. Ob­vi­ously not ev­ery­one is of the same tem­per­a­ment and vin­dic­tive peo­ple usu­ally know who to pick on to best get a re­ac­tion, but any­one hav­ing a trou­bled time on so­cial me­dia would do well to take some tips from her ac­count. Al­ways re­mem­ber, the per­son on the other end of the tweet has no in­flu­ence what­so­ever on your life – un­less you al­low them to. The ‘block’ and ‘mute’ but­tons are two of your best friends, so use them to keep neg­a­tiv­ity out of your news feed. And if it’s get­ting too much, that ‘lo­gout’ but­ton is just a click away. On page 42, we read about a con artist who has been plagu­ing Hol­ly­wood, pre­tend­ing to be a bigshot in the movie world to get peo­ple to part with their money. With so many trans­ac­tions now tak­ing place on­line, we of­ten part with cash hav­ing never met the per­son on the other end of the deal. But just make sure to take the same pre­cau­tions you’d take if you were hand­ing the money over in real life. And if it sounds too good to be true, it’s prob­a­bly not true. En­joy the is­sue!

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