So today, after several conversations with Anna Tyzack from the Telegraph (Weekend) – a piece appeared today, starting:
Don’t mention the words “digital jungle” to social media expert Dr Bex Lewis. In her new book, Raising Children in a Digital Age, she encourages parents to stop regarding the Internet as a terrifying wilderness rife with predators.
“It’s a landscape with so much to offer young people if only you show them how to use it properly,” she insists.
Here’s how it looked in print (although I must clarify that it says ‘digital jungle’ on the back cover of my book, with some interesting conversations with the publishers about why it made sense to people, and then my job is to show that it can be more of an Um Bongo jungle… and my mother says TV wasn’t banned, it just wasn’t on the radar as a ‘must have’):
You can read the full article on the Telegraph website.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.