Have you noticed a drop-off in some of your conversations this week? Yes, Lent started this week, and according to OpenBible, social networking is the number one thing that people tweeted that they were giving up for Lent! This reflects the negative perception of social media that persists amongst many: that it causes us to disconnect from those around us, and that we have become ‘slaves to machines’, but in 2013 Caroline Criado-Perez said “If Continue Reading →
I had a chat with Philip from Salvation Army’s The War Cry the other week, always interesting to see which extracts are used: Quoted in this week’s @TheWarCryUK – Lent = social media provides new opportunities for interactivity. Also – @40acts … pic.twitter.com/ED1uA7SsCi — Dr Bex Lewis (@drbexl) February 28, 2017
I’m at ‘The Conversation‘ in Canterbury today, in an event hosted by the CofE, asking “How can we change the dominant church culture from ‘conquering and keeping’ to ‘nurturing and releasing’ the children and young people in our midst?”. I’ve got 20 minutes to put across some ideas about the digital: Experiencing God in a Digital Age (Children/Young People) from Bex Lewis
Simone Natale kicked off with The New Yorker published a cartoon in 1993 – “no one knows you’re a dog”, with the idea that the online makes it easy to hide your ID. Timandra Harkness indicated that is an updated version – zoom out and we can see the surveillance cameras giving ALL the data – the tech is already there. John Downey from Loughborough’s Centre for Research in Communications and Culture highlighted what they Continue Reading →
As Safer Internet Day continues, I checked in for a chat with Alex Williams from Premier to discuss safety online, especially the possibilities that youth workers have to make a difference. Read and listen here.
The following came through on a newswire, based upon a survey by the UK Safer Internet Centre (organisation behind Safer Internet Day), and I looked forward to chatting to Paul Hammond again, on this topic (and here’s some of the thoughts I prepared): Research conducted to coincide with the annual safer internet day reveals that just under half of British children are scared to use the internet, worried about online bullying or strangers asking them to do things Continue Reading →
Safer Internet Day 2017 is tomorrow – on the theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet‘, encouraging all stakeholders to ‘join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially children and young people.’ This afternoon, I was contacted by BBC Radio Manchester about the possibility of discussing the current concerns re ‘sharenting’ on their breakfast show – it has already been knocked off by other more Continue Reading →
The following report was launched in the House of Lords on 31st January 2017, supported by Nominet Trust, Horizon, commissioned by 5Rights. I’m looking forward to reading it: