InternetMatters.Org Launches #DigitalParenting

A new site has been launched by NSPCC, FOSI, Childnet, ThinkUKnow, PitDA, CEOP, Family Lives, Ofcom, BT, Sky, Vodafone, TalkTalk, Virgin, offering useful resources to help you make informed choices about your children’s online safety - with issues covered including inappropriate content, cyberbullying, online grooming, sexting and online reputation. See the launch video with Sophie Ellis-Bextor: 

Cyber-abuse of academics via @timeshighered

People really have to get an idea that there are human beings behind all screens - here's some comment on the particular situation for academics: My experiences, it seems, are far from unique. I am working on a joint University of York-University of Southampton research project; in our survey of 240 higher education sector professionals, some two in five respondents said they had been subjected to online abuse in their everyday working lives. The problems…

In the light of the Twitter Trolling Verdict #DigitalParenting

With all the news stories about Twitter trolls being sentenced, with the Evening Standard reporting that the defendant's lawyer said: She is a victim of that, if nothing else - a victim of a lack of understanding of what this new technology can do and how powerful it is. John Carr, an advisor to the UK government and the UN on child online safety, highlights that the internet is part of everyday life and parents should…

[EXTRACTS]: #DigitalParenting on CyberBullying

A few extracts Increased time spent online will most likely increase exposure to negative experiences – but also the positive opportunities. Nancy Willard, a cyberbullying expert, calls for us to work on the “understanding that the vast majority of young people want to make good choices, do not want to be harmed, and do not want to see their friends or others harmed”.7 We can’t control their whole environment, online or offline, so parents need…