#EmptyShelf 2016 #25: Girl Up by Laura Bates (@EverydaySexism) (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Well, would you believe it? I’ve read a book that’s been out for less than a month, and less than a week after I bought it! The blurb says: They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable Continue Reading →

Response to NSPCC Porn Research

You know that the other week I responded to the NSPCC report on children and pornography (here and here), here’s an interesting response on the quality of the research: The NSPCC has been accused of “deliberately whipping up a moral panic” with a study suggesting a tenth of all 12- to 13-year-olds fear they are “addicted” to pornography. In an open letter to the child protection organisation’s chief executive Peter Wanless, a group of doctors, 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: More Protection for Children Against Porn?

Story today in the news: Stronger action must be taken to protect children from online bullying and pornography, MPs have said. Internet firms are also warned they may face prosecution for failing to show commitment to safeguarding youngsters. The Commons culture, media and sport committee said efforts by the industry to eradicate child porn may prove “woefully insufficient”. Read more on BBC Online So here’s a few thoughts from my book: The media have focused Continue Reading →

11 Stories About #DigitalParenting 17/12/13

Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news… and I love this piece about a ‘tech-deprived childhood‘: Link between cyberbullying and teen suicides oversimplified, experts say: One of the threads tying their deaths together is a cause-and-effect link made by the media, politicians and parents between persistent bullying and the victim’s decision to end their life — a phenomenon that generated its own buzzword — “bullycide.” It is Continue Reading →

11 Stories about #DigitalParenting 11/12/13

Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news: Do children need pencils or tablets?: The results of a new survey by an online guide to nurseries, daynurseries.co.uk, show that parents should protect their young ones from what has been termed as “technology creep” which sees devices such as tablets being used in nursery schools. Children own 6 digital devices by 13: That’s the findings of a new survey Continue Reading →

#DigitalParenting: Beeban Kidron "In Real Life"

A really interesting piece in the Guardian about a film made by Beeban Kidron re: the ‘real world’ on the Internet, with some debates I’d like to read more deeply into … I certainly believe that the Internet is a ‘real’ place, and that the film-maker has captured what some children really do online, but by terming it “documentary” it gives the impression this is the norm – which I am not convinced about, based 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 →