Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day: Play your part for a better internet! #SID2016

Tuesday 9th February 2016 is Safer Internet Day, a global event first held in 2004, seeking to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, with a theme this year of ‘Play your part for a better internet!’ I wrote Raising Children in a Digital Age in 2014 to encourage people to look beyond the many negative representations of young people and social media, and consider the opportunities…

[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

[RESEARCH REPORT] Connected Kids by @Childwise

I used some the Childwise data quite extensively in my research for Raising Children in a Digital Age, so keen to read this report once I get a chance: Our latest Special Report - Connected Kids, highlights the progressions of the last 20 years, using past data to make predictions of how children will interact with technology in the future. See this news story from March when it was first released, which includes: .... the report found…

[RESEARCH] Who is Generation Next?

The National Children's Bureau has just published the following report: Who is Generation Next? An excerpt from the Foreword: These 11 to 16 year-olds, growing up in the context of significant economic challenges and with the proliferation of new technology, share some of the concerns of their parents’ generation. Across the generations, crime, activities for young people and street cleanliness are identified as local priorities. However, they have their own challenges too. They are anxious about getting…

Response to NSPCC Porn Research

You know that the other week I responded to the NSPCC report on children and pornography (here and here), here's an interesting response on the quality of the research: The NSPCC has been accused of “deliberately whipping up a moral panic” with a study suggesting a tenth of all 12- to 13-year-olds fear they are “addicted” to pornography. In an open letter to the child protection organisation’s chief executive Peter Wanless, a group of doctors,…