Manchester: Are You Really My Friend? Exploring Digital Relationships

I'll be joining the event at 11.30am for an hour, in which I will contribute some material from my book Raising Children in a Digital Age from the section about friendships in a digital age (my slidedeck). The Event as a Whole: Join Liz Hardwick of DigiEnable to debate with Professor Cathy Urquhart, Professor of Digital and Sustainable Enterprise at MMU Business School, and Dr Jenny Cole, Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Health…

[REPORT] Friendship in a Digital Age

"Young people are using a diverse range of digital platforms to communicate with their friends, and most young people are having a positive time online." Encouraging from Internet Safety Day back in February, in this short report Friendship in a Digital Age: http://dwn5wtkv5mp2x.cloudfront.net/ufiles/Report_Friendship_in_a_Digital_Age.pdf

#BIGRead14: The Unlovely

#BIGRead14 Today's poem 'The Unlovely' ends: Help us learn to love the unlovely that we might find ourselves loving the unlovely in others, and that the unlovable parts of ourselves might feel the warmth and worth of true love. I loved this picture above - made from recycled materials - all things that had been abandoned as useless or 'unlovely', and made into something beautifully creative! But then the idea that we work as a…

Can you make real friends online asks @PsychologiesMag

Guess I better get round to submitting an article that's skittering around in my head for Psychologies magazine, as I spotted this story asking whether online friendships are 'real'? I need to get on with my research - once I've written my book for parents/turned my PhD into a book (or equivalent digital!), as I want to write a book called something like "it's real". Common themes in my conference papers are: The 'digital native'…