[MEDIA] BBC News for #SID2015

This morning, a short segment on BBC News, reacting to a new report by the BBC indicating that many children are taking risks online. Note:  Clip provided by the BBC P.S. If you're wondering what the experience is like - make your way to the BBC, someone takes you down to a small room, checks exactly what time you're on the schedule for, gives you a drink, someone taps your nose with powder. As the…

#DigitalParenting: New App Tracks Children's Phone Use #SID2015

There's been a lot of talk about a new app in develop that tracks children everywhere (don't such things already exist?). I'm not convinced - can be some value if you both agree what/why you're doing it, but surely, we need to be teaching responsibility to children. Life is not risk-free, and there's some great opportunities to allow children to fully develop being missed! See a couple of pages from my book:

#SID2015: ‘Let’s create a better internet together’

If you didn't know, just under a year ago, I saw the publication of my labour of love Raising Children in a Digital Age, which led to a flurry of media the week before for Safer Internet Day 2014, most notably as a 'big guest' on BBC Radio 2 with Steve Wright in the Afternoon (proved very useful for those 'an interesting fact about yourself' introduction exercises). With my book having gone to reprint after 4 months,…

"Born into a second life"

Some interesting thoughts here re 'digital natives': In my field, we are accustomed to rehearsing all the usual anxieties about threats to material book culture: we lament the loss of research skills, we worry about deserted archives and lost arts of palaeography. We champion independent booksellers over Kindles, and heatedly debate the merits of open access publishing. In our wider culture, we are nostalgic for elegant penmanship, we issue apocalyptic cautions about diminished attention spans,…
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