Social media can often be a platform for the malcontents of the world, those with a chip on their shoulder who are only too keen to find fault with everyone who disagrees with their world view. But occasionally a heart-warming little story emerges from cyber space which captures the imagination of people around the globe.
Three simple photographs of a Belfast man and his daughter which he posted on Twitter is one such story. The photos show the pair of them on the same spot in north Belfast on the girl's first day at school, on finishing school and on graduating, covering a period of 14 years.
They were posted just to show how proud Ciaran and Brenda Shannon were of their only daughter Niamh on her journey through life to becoming a teacher. The snaps have gained almost one million likes on Twitter and captured the feeling of love and pride of parents for their children.
As every parent knows their little baby grows up at an alarming rate but they will always be a child in the eyes of those who love them.