[ENDORSEMENT] Church Online: Social Media and Church Online: Websites, by @ltreneer

Back in October 2014, I ran a workshop for CPO, encouraging staff to think about how they could use digital within their work. Last year I was pleased to be sent drafts of these books that Laura Treneer was working on, have a few (e-mail) chats about the content, and then to say: Balanced, supportive, encouraging, practical, with an emphasis on the online/offline mix. A total thumbs up! I am liking the colourful covers, and Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Digital Media is Destructive? with @BBCCornwall

This morning I was asked, at short notice, if I could speak with BBC Radio Cornwall. I had time for a little bit of prep, plus scribbled some extra responses to those I was listening to whilst I was on hold. Notes for talking to @BBCCornwall earlier re #digitalparenting A photo posted by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Jan 10, 2017 at 5:08am PST The recording is here – I come in around 6.5 minutes in Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] “Schools and parents must work together to protect children online, says Christian social media expert” with @PremierRadio

I had a quick chat with Premier on the News Hour yesterday, regarding this story – which has an interesting set of headlines on: MSN; BBC; Guardian; Telegraph My thoughts pre-interview were: Agree need supportive digital environment, but needs govt, schools, parents, youthgroups, social media companies, etc. to all get involved, and definitely not just rely on schools Why I wrote RCIDA “hoping bad things wouldn’t happen” – need to be informed, get involved, and the Continue Reading →

[SPEAKER] How can digital and social media be used by youth leaders with @LukeCRWhyte

I really enjoyed a chat with Luke Whyte this afternoon, as he is in the process of pulling together material for the online youth summit, which happens next week if you’re in Christian youthwork, check it out. We recorded the conversation, and riffed around the following slides – we didn’t follow the order, nor necessarily get to them all, but you can see the slides/notes here: How can digital and social media be used by Continue Reading →

[NETFLIX] Thoughts on Black Mirror: Nosedive

I have loved the previous series of Black Mirror – particularly as it offers great content for discussions in teaching sessions – especially at MediaLit, with the insights of those being trained within a theological context, as we questioned the impact that the digital age is having on humanity. I’ve signed up for the free month on Netflix (we’ll see if I bother to extend it), and that first episode Nosedive was worth waiting for: I’m a passionate Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #60-62: The Gender Game @AShadeofVampire; The Last Girl @AuthorJoeHart

Although I already have PLENTY of books waiting to be read on my Kindle (and my physical bookshelves), I wasn’t feeling too well over Christmas, and an email came from Amazon offering The Gender Game and The Last Girl for 99p each – so I downloaded them … sold as ‘if you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll probably like these’, which is probably a fair analysis! Bella Forrest (who appears to be better known for Vampire novels Continue Reading →