[REPORT] from @Ofcom: Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes 2017

The new Ofcom report is out, looking at adults’ media use and attitudes, drawing upon 12 years of research. Some of the headlines from this year’s report include: Older people are embracing smart and social technology. Four in ten of those aged 65-74 (39%) are now using smartphones, while the number of over-75s using smartphones has nearly doubled, from 8% to 15%, as has the use of tablets among this age group, going from 15% Continue Reading →

[PRESS] Comment: Youth, social media and the election #GE2017

For the 2015 election Dr Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, examined the role played by social media in the election and considered its influence on younger voters, specifically those within the 18-24 bracket. With the General Election of 2017 tomorrow, she returns to the topic and considers whether much has changed. Read full article, watch the video: Front page of MMU website: You can also read the original draft of the document (more Continue Reading →

Social media: helpful or hurtful in a crisis like #Manchester, Drive with @DelaneyMan, @TalkRadio

Thanks to all those who responded on Facebook regarding the story of ‘how problematic is social media for the kind of event that happened in Manchester (at the Ariana Grande concert)’, does it add to the drama, and what is the responsibility of social media companies in all this? Especially interested in this academic paper from Cardiff University in which the following stages of social media response to a crisis appear evident: reporting, requesting, responding/recruiting, risking, Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Online Gaming and Children with @GuardiansAncora

Guardians of Ancora is a game created by Scripture Union, seeking to have a fun game that appeals to young people, is within a safe environment, and allows learning of faith. It has monthly Bible quests, quizzes, Bible stories and videos. I wrote some content for them last year which is currently appearing in blogs: Choosing Games for Children Setting (Gaming) Boundaries Trending, in Children’s Apps Keeping Safe Online 6: Good Practice Online Keeping Safe Continue Reading →