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Posted On: 23rd Jan 2015

A Life Online

Fixer Craig Mohan
An actor in the film
A scene from the Fixers film

After realising that his interest in the internet was taking over his life, Craig Mohan is warning others about the potential pitfalls of spending too much time online.


The 19-year-old from Middlesbrough says he was consumed by social media and became detached from the real world.

‘I know how it feels to be absorbed by the internet,' explains Craig.


'Having found myself with hundreds of friends that I’d never met, it was often like talking to a wall of text.


'I'd hurry home from college to get on Facebook, leaving my real friends completely out of the picture. I felt myself sinking into a pit of loneliness.


‘I’ve released myself from that world now, but my aim is to stop others from becoming socially isolated like I did.’


With Fixers, Craig has helped to create a film urging young people to moderate the amount of time they spend on the internet.

It depicts a young person, who has lost all perspective of reality, after becoming preoccupied online.

 

Watch Craig’s Fixers film ‘Offline Isolation’ at the top of this page.

 

‘I'm very pleased with how the film turned out. It gets the message across effectively,’ says Craig.

‘Its main aim is to encourage young people to find a middle ground between socialising online and in real life.’

Craig plans to share the resource on social media, in order to reach his target audience. He’s also planning to take it into secondary schools to raise awareness.


He adds: ‘Despite all its benefits, the internet can very quickly become a dangerous place.


‘Hopefully people will learn a lesson from my story, and consider other ways they can spend their time.’

 

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Hannah Aldred and her team are warning young people of the dangers of using social media irresponsibly. Watch their Fixers film.

Author: N. Farooq

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