[REPORT] OfCom: Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report

Ofcom publishes regular research into people's attitudes to various forms of media, including digital, and the latest has just been published. Here's the brief overview at the beginning: Internet use is becoming more mobile, with more people going online via their smartphones and accessing the internet in locations other than work and home. This connectivity is affecting our lives in many ways, with increasing take-up of communication services like WhatsApp, more use of streaming and…

[MEDIA] Yes, Children Under 13 Should be Allowed on Social Media, with @YCWMag

I love the team at Youth and Children's Work Magazine, so was happy to step in and put forward my (carefully constructed) arguments as to why children under 13 should be allowed on social media. I suspect you'll find that Justin Humphreys (CCPAS) and I actually don't really disagree! Premier will send you a free copy of the magazine if you've not had it before - it's got loads of ideas for children's and youthworkers in…

[IMPACT] Evidence Accepted by Science and Technology Committee (Commons) #DigitalParenting

A few weeks ago, I submitted evidence to the Science and Technology Committee (Commons) on the topic of the 'Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health inquiry', and today was notified that that evidence has been accepted for publication, and can now be found on the publications page of the call: The document starts: Dr Bex Lewis, Author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson,…

[CANCER] The Start of Radiotherapy … or is it! #CancerLife

So, here we are, 3.5 weeks after chemotherapy finished, and it's time for the last hospital-based treatment in the plan (still got hormone treatments to come for 10 years), radiotherapy! What is radiotherapy? If you like to watch a video, Macmillan gently explain what it is, and the process that is followed, plus the side effects (most manageable by medication, or knowledge that about what is to happen) - short and long term: or Breast…

[CANCER] Time for #Radiotherapy Planning for #BreastCancer

I was originally told I was unlikely to need radiotherapy, although they said occasionally things change as treatment goes on. When the pathology results came back, however, the tumour was clearly larger than expected, and had spread into more lymph nodes than anticipated (it sounds like more than 3-4 triggers radiotherapy, and I had 5), and therefore this was to be added to the treatment plan too. Preparing for Radiotherapy Today's appointment was to prepare…