[DIGITAL] Submitting to the Commons Select Committee on Social Media and Screen Use in Young People’s Health

On the 21st February, the (Science and Technology) Commons Select Committee requested evidence for the 'impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health': The Science and Technology Committee launches an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health. The Commitee welcomes the perspectives and experiences, and details of any initiatives taken, by children, schools and youth organisations. The terms of reference related to: What evidence there is on…

[BLOGPOST] Trending, in Children’s Apps for @GuardiansAncora

I put together some material for Guardians of Ancora, an online game for children, last year. It starts: In a recent radio interview, it was noted that often the first thing that children do when they arrive at a new house is ask for the Wi-Fi passcode. Gaming is something that children love to engage in: apps, games and other digital media have now become an everyday part of their lives, alongside other forms of…

[RADIO] Facebook ‘failed to remove sexualised images of children’ with @PremierRadio

Earlier today, I had a brief chat with Premier Radio, responding to this story, which starts: Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform. The chairman of the Commons media committee, Damian Collins, said he had "grave doubts" about the effectiveness of its content moderation systems. Mr Collins' comments come after the BBC reported dozens of photos to Facebook, but more than 80% were not removed.…

[MEDIA] Digital Media is Destructive? with @BBCCornwall

This morning I was asked, at short notice, if I could speak with BBC Radio Cornwall. I had time for a little bit of prep, plus scribbled some extra responses to those I was listening to whilst I was on hold. Notes for talking to @BBCCornwall earlier re #digitalparenting A photo posted by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Jan 10, 2017 at 5:08am PST The recording is here - I come in around 6.5 minutes in…