[MEDIA] The social mediasphere is no place for small children. We must do more to keep them off with @Telegraph

Not exactly the headline I would have chosen, and the article's was sub-edited to fit another breaking story (my final edits didn't' fit in the space, unfortunately. The article starts: How young is too young to own a tablet? According to a report for the Department of Culture, one in four children under the age of two, and more than a third of three to five year-olds, now have one of their own. Ofcom figures…

[WRITER/ACADEMIC] Article Acceptance for High-Ranking @SurvSoc_Journal

Really pleased to hear that the journal article that I've been working on over the past year has had it's final edits accepted, and should be published (open access) later in the year in Surveillance and Society Journal (I'll likely share then too). Social Media, Peer Surveillance, Spiritual Formation and Mission: Practicing Christian Faith in a Surveilled Public Space By 2018, social media has become a part of everyday life, including the faith lives of many.…

[RESEARCH] Screentime Fears are Largely ‘Moral Panics’ Demonstrates Research

I've been really pleased this past week to read a handful of news pieces based on research which shows that the 'moral panic' around screen time is largely that. It's pushed by government, Royalty, and all kinds of 'leading voices', but the academic research which studies this presents a very different picture: Andy Przybylski, associate professor and director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford said studies exploring links between…

[LIFE] FOR FUN, I attended #TheNonesuch Conference, about Georgette Heyer.

I've enjoyed reading Georgette Heyer since I was a teenager (it appears I am typical to be introduced by my mum around about the age of 10). I enjoyed the last conference in 2009, and was talking to Samantha Rayner about possibility of another one this summer ... then I got cancer! She decided to run it late enough in the hope that I'd be well enough to go ... and I was! The day…

[CANCER/MEDIA] How Facebook Can Help My Cancer Fight with @BCloudUK

Dr Bex Lewis explains to Jonathan Symcox how social media had an "overwhelmingly positive" impact on her battle against breast cancer: An extract: I was privileged this week to speak with Dr Bex Lewis at an #HonestTalks event focused on social media run by Fourth Day PR. A senior lecturer in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and expert on the digital landscape, you would expect her to extol the virtues of social media. But…