On Sunday morning I was asked to contribute to a number of BBC local radio programmes with regards to this brief:
This week a survey of 700 children revealed deep concerns about children and pornography. 12% said they’d taken part in explicit sex films or photos – and one in ten 13 year olds were worried they were addicted to porn. Well what can be done to protect children and what role can faith communities play?
- Do these findings surprise you?
- Are parents and carers vigilant enough in terms of monitoring what their children are viewing?
- What responsibility do faith communities have to offer moral guidance?
- Are findings such as these proving that faith communities are failing in this?
Dr Bex Lewis is a Christian. She is a Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning at Durham University, and the author of the book Raising Children in a Digital Age.
Below are the programmes and the anticipated timings. I plan to audio-record them at the weekend:
- Radio Bristol (7.08am)
- Radio Sheffield (7.22am)
- Radio Lancashire (7.45am)
- Radio Kent (7.52am)
- Radio Guernsey (8.38am)
I may add some of my research later also, referring to Christian events such as Pornscars.
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.