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 →

[MEDIA] iGen: How young people are using social media today with @TWRuk and @MeganLackie

A few weeks ago, I had a chat with Megan Lackie about young people and social media, with content placed after a panel discussion with a couple of ‘younger Christians’ (Dave, Joanna and Arun): Social media is a ‘neutral’ tool can be used well/used badly. That ‘addiction’ word was used again – see previous interview with TWR on there! The notion of ‘quality’ time in face-to-face over online and ‘reality’. The use of social media for Continue Reading →

[SPEAKER] Working with opportunities and risks for Child Sexual Exploitation in a digital age #SAFEOFE

This afternoon I’ve 20 minutes to try and cover this HUGE topic with Open Forum Events on Safeguarding Children: Effective Collaboration for Child Protection and Wellbeing … it’s amazing what you can get through in 20 minutes TBH: Working with opportunities and risks for CSE in a digital age from Bex Lewis Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Facebook is giving tips on how to spot fake news, with @UCBNewsTeam

Earlier today, I had a chat with Kelly from UCB Radio, and this interview was featured (including extracts in the news hour) on Paul Hammond’s show, re Facebook introducing tips which can help users not fall for fake news (see Business Insider; Guardian). Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Contribution re Teenagers and Mental Health for @ChurchTimes

The other week I was asked to provide maximum 600 words re teenagers and mental health for The Church Times. Obviously my specialist area of knowledge is the digital, so I took that as my angle, and it appeared in this week’s edition. Thanks to my mum for the spot, and the social media crowd who sent me screenshots, etc. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Discussing ‘Phone-obsessed parents’ with @PremierRadio

The BBC published a story yesterday, which started: An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils. More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices. And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it. The research was carried out by Continue Reading →

[PODCAST] Discussion with @HumansofThis re Social Media, Life and Faith

I had a discussion, literally across the other side of the world, with ‘Molk’, from Humans of Twitter – early morning for him, late night for me – we had a fun discussion, so let’s see which bits he’s picked! #HumansOfTwitter #TasteTest :: Bex Lewis on sending her very first email and how being an early adopter shaped her career path. To listen to the full ep download/stream from Omny: omny.fm/shows/humans-of-twitter/ (from Tuesday 25th April) Or Continue Reading →