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#SID2016: Internet Safety: A Parent’s Guide with @Motherlandnet

Here’s the introduction to a blog post published earlier this morning:

safer-internet-day-motherlandTo mark Safer Internet Day, Dr Bex Lewis explains how to raise children to be happy, aware and responsible online.

For many parents, there is a certain amount of fear attached to the idea that children ‘know’ how to use the internet, that they ‘speak a different language’ which inhibits adult’s engagement with their kids. Terms which have been coined such as ‘digital natives’ or ‘net generation’, help to perpetuate this idea that every child knows what they are doing online by reason of their age.

A more useful idea has developed from a team at Oxford University: that of the ‘digital resident’ and the ‘digital visitor’ defined more by attitude than by age. ‘Visitors’ use the internet as a tool: go in to complete a task, and leave. ‘Residents’ regard themselves as members of communities that exist online, rather than having access to an online toolbox. I’m most definitely a digital resident, though I’m officially far too old to be a ‘digital native’. But the digital, as Martha Lane Fox quoted in the Dimbleby Lecture in 2015, is no longer optional: “It’s not OK not to understand the internet anymore”.

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[MEDIA] Radio Interviews re @MarthaLaneFox #DimblebyLecture and @NSPCC Report

First thing spotted on the phone this morning – an invitation to comment on Martha Lane-Fox’s statement that we have no choice but to engage with the internet:

Then there was a Tweet from one of the producers at Radio 5 Live, which resulted in this conversation:

And then an email via my website from BBC Three Counties Radio resulted in this interview:


#DigitalParenting: Safer Internet Day (#SID2014)

Safer Internet Day is tomorrow – look out for lots of good advice flying around the internet, to ensure a more positive experience for all.

I’ll be live on Premier Inspirational Breakfast 8-9am tomorrow, and on Steve Wright in the Afternoon at some point in the afternoon.

See the teaser video produced by the organisation: