It's a great gig: I get to share news and opinions and get an instant response. We see how many people read a piece, how many people like it.
As a father I find the debacle worrying. But as a businessman I find it plain stupid. Morality aside, sexism, in any form, is poison for profits. To put it bluntly, sexism alienates at least 50% of potential customers not to mention talented developers able to connect authentically with female audiences and thereby grow additional revenue streams.
I was shocked and upset by the comments, however, I am not by any means naïve to the world of trolling or online bullying. I know that no-one is exempt these days. If you are LGBTQ, BAME, a feminist, a politician or even a Kardashian, you are left vulnerable to online attacks.
Lately there's been a few internet bullies and a few nasty attacks towards me. So far this last fortnight has been a tester - I've been told I'm an idiot, I'm a waste of space, I'm unauthentic, I've had cruel things said about loved ones, I've been told I'm too fat and then that I'm too skinny, that I'm too ugly, that I'm not a real woman...
Forgive me as this is less of a blog, and nothing more than a rant. I understand the gene pool and the survival of the fittest
I'm proud our audience see Radio 1 as a safe and trusted guide, beyond making sense of the abundant musical landscape. I believe Radio 1 should continue to grow its reputation for championing the positive ways young people can change their culture in society today.
The best source of help for children in these situations is usually their parents. Whether your child is being bullied or bullying others, it's important to know what's going on in their lives you so can help address the issue and any potentially larger problems behind it.
In my day, compared to today, it was a simpler form of bullying - not that I am condoning it in any way - but it was face to face, name calling, physical and mental hurts, you knew the name and the face of the bullies, you knew the familiar outlines as they came towards you so you could run in the opposite direction. Today not only do you have to contend with what I went through you also have to contend with the cyber bullying - the nameless and faceless who say the most disgusting things because they feel they have an anonymity and an autonomy to behave without repercussion.
If we are to enable young people in their wishes to support each other, or intervene when witnessing aggressive behaviour online, as they would if concerned in the street, we must evaluate and report appropriately online risks, and not paralyse them with nameless terrors that are not typical.
The media spotlight is shining it's fleeting beam onto the subject of online bullying once again. A recent release of Police information shows an increase in the number of investigations carried out into perpetrators of cyber abuse.