I get to meet some fabulous people with amazing businesses in my role as North Tyneside Council’s Social Media Specialist for The Business Factory in North Shields so I thought it was about time I started telling you about them!
For example, last Friday I had the pleasure of training Dr. Martin Lee and his wife Jen. Dr. Lee is a consultant rheumatologist working in Newcastle and he has recently set up his own company www.nophonezone.co.uk and with good reason! Dr. Lee created the concept of no phone zone based upon his reflections that smartphone overuse (particularly at bedtime & during the night) appears to be having negative effects on his patient’s physical and psychological health – and from a parental point of view I cannot argue!
Dr. Lee is a fantastic blogger and has released some fabulous articles on his website such as “are smartphones bad for students” and “do you know what apps are on your child’s smartphone?” take a look – if your child has yellow on their phone you will want to remove it!
He has also recently been featured in the News Guardian and has had an article published in The New Scientist Dr Lee has also recently received an NRAS Healthcare Champion Award presented to him by Prime Minister, Theresa May and Ailsa Bosworth MBE.
What is No Phone Zone?
No Phone Zone is a drawstring bag, a high quality canvas drawstring bag. The idea is that you purchase these bags and leave them hanging, for example, in your kitchen and you encourage your family to all place their phones in to the bag before meal time. Imagine the interaction!
Also, if you bought these bags for your children, you could get them to leave them hanging outside their bedrooms. You will find an improvement in their sleep patterns, in their overall behaviour.
Did you see the article in The Times at the beginning of February? “Smartphones blamed for the rise in child road deaths” We need to stop youngsters from becoming ‘smombies’
So here’s where you can get these fab No Phone Zone Canvas Bag’s www.nophonezone.co.uk/shop/
Drop them a tweet and give this fab new company some #TwitterSupport or pop by on Facebook and say hi. Remember they are new to Social Media so really could do with your help and interaction. It’s always fantastic to help new local Start Ups here in North Shields 🙂
Amanda Dixon is an Award Winning Social Media Consultant and has been working with North East businesses for over 7 years, She has trained over 2000 businesses in the use of Social Media for business, through 121 training sessions, hands-on workshops, bespoke in-house training and seminars. For 6 years Amanda ran a Social Media Management Agency and in 2016 changed direction and launched North East Social Media Ltd to concentrate on the education side of Social Media. Teaching North East Businesses how to use Social Media with the maximum effect North East Social Media Ltd believe that Social Media is far more effective when created and managed in-house, that way the posts are more current, images more creative, more fun and spontaneous.