[Radio] Is technology addiction a problem, and causing conflict? Report from @DeloitteUK, with @PremierRadio

Today, a new report was released from Deloitte (BBC Report), that indicates “that one in three adults check their phone once they’ve gone to bed.” A day in a life of a #smartphone. Find out more in our #mobileUK report https://t.co/cKrcSFj9V4 pic.twitter.com/0FENU401ek — Deloitte UK (@DeloitteUK) September 26, 2016 My notes from the production team: It is supposed to be a tool of empowerment, keeping us informed, connected and entertained. Instead, the smartphone is becoming Continue Reading →

[PRESS] Engaging with Violence against women and girls – with @Rest0red

The CPS has just published a new report focusing upon Violence Against Women and Girls, a report to which Mandy Marshall, of Restored, an international Christian alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women, has responded in this blog. There is encouragement that more prosecutions are being made, but disappointment at the number/range of possible ways in which violence are shown – including a rise in online abuse, to which I was asked to Continue Reading →

[Online/Sydney] Reimagine Faith Formation 2016

Engaging all generations, all ages – 3 days with John Roberto, 23 – 25 August National Conference: Formation & Mission in a digital world. August 26 – 28 With John Roberto plus electives and practical workshops from practitioners. The weekend will include bootcamp-style how to’s, local stories, multimedia expo, conversation spaces and a short film festival. I will be offering a session via Skype early Friday morning UK time on Raising Children in a Digital Age. Continue Reading →

The A to Z of social media for academia on @timeshighered, by @andymiah #socialmediaHE

I used to frequently prepare an ‘overview of social media’, but the last overhaul really went into my book (chapter 3, in case you’re wondering!). Not had time to update, so pleased to see the ‘A to Z of social media for academia‘ in Times Higher today, which promises to be kept updated: Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Continue Reading →

[Media] Discussing PokeMon Go & Churches with @GeekDadGamer for @BBCRadio4Sunday

After blogging about Pokémon Go: An evil for churches and dangerous for children? last week, I was invited to join BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme to discuss the topic with a rather sceptical Edward Stourton (early!) this morning, joined by Andy Robertson from Exeter. Listen to the whole programme: drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share it…

[GUEST POST for @LSE_RPS] From Pokémon Go to Hashtags: How digital and social media is changing the Church

The recently formed Religion and the Public Sphere research group at London School of Economics seeks to explore the place and role of religion in British public life today. Posts on the blog explore how religion does and doesn’t matter in British public life, and how it should and shouldn’t. “The point is to know religion a bit better, not simply as believers or disbelievers in specific tenets of faith, and not simply as insiders to Continue Reading →

[GUEST POST] Is a digital presence for your church just a ‘nice to have’? for @aliveandonline #ukchurchchat #chsocm

I’ve been promising to write a blog for Churches Alive Online, ever since they first indicated that they would be launching, and yesterday morning I’d already decided that I would write about the kind of information that those searching for new churches would be looking for – I’d sketched out a bit of it, then decided to go and check out a church … which was having a service elsewhere (so apologies to them for Continue Reading →

[Chester] Social Media for Ministry: A Connected Ministry in a Digital Age

We could also call this course ‘Why you can’t afford to ignore social media!’ If you don’t know your ‘likes’ from your ‘favourites’ this is the course for you. You’ll learn how to use all the main social media platforms and see how it can support your mission and become an effective way of communicating. You’ll also look at examples of church or charity projects where such projects have been used successfully. This day will Continue Reading →