[IMPACT] Evidence Accepted by Science and Technology Committee (Commons) #DigitalParenting

[IMPACT] Evidence Accepted by Science and Technology Committee (Commons) #DigitalParenting

A few weeks ago, I submitted evidence to the Science and Technology Committee (Commons) on the topic of the ‘Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health inquiry’, and today was notified that that evidence has been accepted for publication, and can now be found on the publications page of the call:


The document starts:

Dr Bex Lewis, Author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014), which the Financial Times described as ‘sensible’ in a sea of scare books.

Executive Summary:

  1. Screentime is not necessarily bad, and should be measured on its own terms.
  2. Understand the online environment, and how children are actually using it.
  3. Are screens so very different from other tools, e.g. books
  4. Understand technological determinism versus social shaping of technology.
  5. Are people really addicted to the internet?
  6. Would a fixed screen time work?
  7. A brief note on age verification.
  8. The social benefits of online communities
  9. Using technology for health benefits, including mindfulness
  10. We need to listen to the children.
  11. Care with the language used required, and who should be involved.
  12. The digital as part of wider culture.
  13. Challenging assumptions: digital is not separate from ‘real life’.

You can read the full document online, or download the PDF.

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Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture  in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.

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