#EmptyShelf 2016 #24: Everything Bad is Good For You by @stevenbjohnson (Penguin, 2006)

So, this book has been on my shelf for “quite a while” – originally written in 2005, it’s a fascinating look at the debates surrounding popular culture before Facebook really became ‘a thing’ – and it chimes with a whole load of stuff I’ve said in Raising Children in a Digital Age, particularly the notion of judging popular culture against elite culture of the past, rather than judging it on its own merits! Similarly, Beyond Chocolate, an Continue Reading →

[VIDEO] A-Z of Cultural Predictions for 2016 via @sparksandhoney

Sparks & Honey is a New York based agency – at morning meetings they discuss global cultural trends and what they could mean for marketers – producing an annual cultural A-Z for marketers to be aware of. With an 83% accuracy rate in their predictions last year – that has to be worth a look! 2016 A-Z Culture Glossary from sparks & honey Check out slide 41, then check out Raising Children in a Digital Age… ahead Continue Reading →

TED Talk: Jeff Hancock: The future of lying

Thanks to Penn who introduced me to this TED talk from Jeff Hancock, here are some notes I made as I was listening: Lying seems to be a central part of being human. As a former Canadian border guard, spent time trying to determine who was lying. Diogenes – sought to find a single human who didn’t lie – died without finding one Confucius – believed in sincerity, in principles. Over the last 20 years, Continue Reading →

[MEDIA] Does social media require parental consent til aged 16?

This morning this story broke: The European Parliament is set to vote on Tuesday on new rules that could see teenagers banned from internet services such as Facebook, social media, messaging services or anything that processes their data, without explicit consent from their parent or guardian. The last-minute amendment to the new European data protection regulations would make it illegal for companies to handle the data of anyone aged 15 or younger, raising the legal Continue Reading →

[ARTICLE] The Digital Mission Field in @PreachMagazine

I was commissioned to write a piece for Preach Magazine, which, aside from the content, is beautifully designed! The piece has just come out, and is available to read in full online (pp25-29). What does it look like to reach the unreached (something that’s as old as time) in a digital age? The previous edition of Preach had a range of pieces from members of the CODEC team – from page 42 there’s an overview Continue Reading →

“Digital Natives lack online nous” says @Ofcom

A report was released by Ofcom yesterday into Children and Parents attitudes – and this was the accompanying press release (note, I’m not a particular fan of the term ‘digital native‘, especially the way that it’s used): Children increasingly trusting of information they find online One in ten believe everything they find on social media or apps is true Most 12-15s unaware that ‘vloggers’ can be paid to endorse products Children are becoming more trusting of Continue Reading →

Manchester: Are You Really My Friend? Exploring Digital Relationships

I’ll be joining the event at 11.30am for an hour, in which I will contribute some material from my book Raising Children in a Digital Age from the section about friendships in a digital age (my slidedeck). The Event as a Whole: Join Liz Hardwick of DigiEnable to debate with Professor Cathy Urquhart, Professor of Digital and Sustainable Enterprise at MMU Business School, and Dr Jenny Cole, Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Health Continue Reading →

[PRESS RELEASE] Facebook status updates reveal low self-esteem and narcissism

I was contacted by ITV This Morning yesterday to discuss  the possibility of being on the programme to discuss the following story (ITV Player programme here – they decided to go with another psychologist, rather than a social media specialist): People who post Facebook status updates about their romantic partner are more likely to have low self-esteem, while those who brag about diets, exercise, and accomplishments are typically narcissists, according to new research. Psychologists at Brunel University London Continue Reading →