Is a #DigitalDetox a useful idea? #DigitalParenting #PremDac16

I’ve always had an interest in positive engagement with digital, and that includes the wisdom in what to share, what to engage in, and when to take time out… we should be ‘masters’ of our machines, and not the other way around. I’ve spoken at a number of (Christian) events about this, including back in 2014 at the Premier Digital Conference: #CNMAC14 – Digital Healthcheck with @drbexl from Bex Lewis So I was interested to Continue Reading →

#DigitalParenting Book Extract re Screentime FAO @TheJeremyVine #R2ScreenWeek

Having featured on Steve Wright‘s show last year, I’ve listened to Radio 2 a lot more. This week @TheJeremyVine has been speaking about digital/social media  culture – an area that I both work in, and am passionately interested in, and particularly whether we spend too long online. So, I’m sharing a bit of my book Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst to add to the conversation (p176-178): Recommended screen time Ever Continue Reading →

In the light of the Twitter Trolling Verdict #DigitalParenting

With all the news stories about Twitter trolls being sentenced, with the Evening Standard reporting that the defendant’s lawyer said: She is a victim of that, if nothing else – a victim of a lack of understanding of what this new technology can do and how powerful it is. John Carr, an advisor to the UK government and the UN on child online safety, highlights that the internet is part of everyday life and parents should Continue Reading →

[EXTRACTS]: #DigitalParenting on CyberBullying

A few extracts Increased time spent online will most likely increase exposure to negative experiences – but also the positive opportunities. Nancy Willard, a cyberbullying expert, calls for us to work on the “understanding that the vast majority of young people want to make good choices, do not want to be harmed, and do not want to see their friends or others harmed”.7 We can’t control their whole environment, online or offline, so parents need Continue Reading →

Some extracts from #DigitalParenting for #ALTC2013

A taste of my book, designed for a general audience, but drawing on academic thinking, triggered by some of the conversations on Twitter this morning at the conference. Digital Natives? If we buy into the idea that children are ‘digital natives’, who are fundamentally different from ‘the rest of us’, we can cause serious confidence problems for parents. Traits such as collaboration, openness, innovation, transparency and openness are often ascribed to the younger generation, and Continue Reading →

The New Porn Laws?

An extract from a draft of my book, in relation to all the content in the press re David Cameron and the new ‘porn laws’ (and see this excellent piece from @Crimperman) The media has focused heavily upon the ‘dangers of porn’ online for children, to the extent that many parents feel entirely disempowered to do anything about it. Sonia Livingstone undertook a content analysis of newspapers across the countries surveyed for EU Online in Continue Reading →