If you didn’t know, just under a year ago, I saw the publication of my labour of love Raising Children in a Digital Age, which led to a flurry of media the week before for Safer Internet Day 2014, most notably as a ‘big guest’ on BBC Radio 2 with Steve Wright in the Afternoon (proved very useful for those ‘an interesting fact about yourself’ introduction exercises). With my book having gone to reprint after 4 months, and generally received very well, the publishers contacted press again re Safer Internet Day 2015. After a number of ‘we might have this, oh no’, what is already known is:
- For BBC Cyberbullying Week (& #SID2015), for which a new report is being released: BBC News, The One Show
- For #SID2015: The BROR, TWR-UK, Christian Today, Talk Radio Europe, Premier Drive
I love the theme this year. Part of the reason that my book is known as Raising Children, rather than the original working title of Parenting is that, although I don’t have children, we as a wider society all have a responsibility for our society, past (I am a historian by training!), present and future. As someone who doesn’t have children I am not just telling you how Ive done it, but been able to take a bigger overview of research mixed with ‘real’ experience. So enjoy what #SID2015 has to say:
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!
Join the efforts to make the internet part of a safer world for all – this coming Tuesday, 10th February.
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.