Childhood in the Digital Age (Week 1) #FLdigitalkid15

This four-week course from the OU draws upon the expertise of a developmental psychologist, and a researcher in early literacy – both different aspects from mine, which comes from that of a social media/communications specialist looking at what children/those shaping their environment need to understand in order to ‘enjoy the best and avoid the worst’ online. Intro Video How is digital technology changing childhood – and how can adults keep up? Touch-screen = accessible, but Continue Reading →

[SPEAKER] #DigitalParenting: Evening Event

Evening programme runs from 7-9pm, and includes coffee and cake from 6.45pm Digital technology, social media and online gaming are now a universal part of childhood. But are you worried about what your children might be doing online? What they might come across by accident? Or who might try to contact them through Facebook or Twitter? Whether you’re involved in children’s ministry, a parent, grandparent, or carer, you will want children to get the most 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 →

[MEDIA] Radio Interviews re @MarthaLaneFox #DimblebyLecture and @NSPCC Report

First thing spotted on the phone this morning – an invitation to comment on Martha Lane-Fox’s statement that we have no choice but to engage with the internet: listen to ‘Pros and Cons of the Internet after #DimblebyLecture for BBC Tees ’ on audioBoom Then there was a Tweet from one of the producers at Radio 5 Live, which resulted in this conversation: listen to ‘Discussing Children, Porn and the Internet with @bbcfivelive’ on audioBoom And Continue Reading →

#DigitalParenting Translations: Chinese (Simplified) & Italian

This was quite exciting to come home to! My book Raising Children in a Digital Age went to reprint in it’s English edition after four months, and has done well since, so this is the next exciting stage – I understand this doesn’t happen to “all” books! Looking forward to seeing ‘the real thing’! P.S. If you think I’m getting rich on this, you don’t understand how publishing works, but very exciting to get so much positive feedback on Continue Reading →

The Digital Debate (#digitalparenting)

The Scottish Book Trust are hosting a debate at their conference about digital media and early years, and there we are – my book’s on the list as part of the debate (they are offering an opportunity to comment pre-conference):  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. Like it? Share Continue Reading →

[PRESS] Raising Children in a Digital Age @SUScotland

An article drawing on Raising Children in a Digital Age. Read the article for free online.   drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster Like it? Share it…

[Article] Wired Kids: Raising the Digital Natives #DigitalParenting

Interesting article highlighted by @pmphillips re Raising the Digital Natives (digital native being a term I’m uncomfortable with) Questions have been raised about the effects of technology use at a young age and the potential impact that this may have on a child’s brain development. On a social level, the use of technology by children may inhibit their social development and makes it less likely that they will recognise human emotion, presumably leading to difficulty in Continue Reading →