[MEDIA] Talking about @Barnardos report with @PremierRadio and @HeartNorthWest

Barnardo's released a new report focusing upon screentime, addiction, mental health, online grooming, and cyberbullying ... Children as young as TWO using social media - and some are already addicted (Mirror) Children aged five and under at risk of internet addiction – Barnardo's (Guardian) Children as young as two using social media, charity warns as it raises fears of exposure to harmful content (Evening Standard) Eight-year-olds sexually exploited online, says Barnardo’s (Barnardo's) I was asked…

[MEDIA] Talking #Screentime with @CraigWakeling for #InspirationalBreakfast on @PremierRadio

Early this morning (for me, 7.50am), I was on Inspirational Breakfast talking about the new Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health guidelines on screentime, which I'm largely happy about, as it echoes what I said in my 2014 book Raising Children in a Digital Age, that we need to not panic so much around children's use of screens, and think about how it works individually, rather than having a set rate: Press Release I was responding…

[MEDIA] Talking ‘Smartphones cause family row every single day in British homes, study finds’ with @PremierRadio

A new study by Common Sense Media, introduced as: The New Normal: Parents, Teens, and Mobile Devices in the United Kingdom surveyed 1,200 U.K. parents and teens about their mobile device use and digital media habits. In addition to mobile devices being a daily source of distraction -- and, at times, conflict -- the results show the variety of ways that digital devices can affect the parent-teen dynamic. Despite reporting concerns about feelings of addiction, parents…

[MEDIA] Talking Screen-time and #DigitalDetox with @PremierRadio

There's been a couple of news stories recently that Premier wanted to talk to me about, including: Some teenagers would prefer to break a bone than lose their phone We’re spending over 1 day of our week online I spoke to them on Bank Holiday Monday on Inspirational Breakfast You can hear the whole episode on Premier. Some of my notes: It’s their social portal, where their friends are (inc because we won’t let them…

Talking #Fortnite and other Games with @GeekDadGamer on @PremierRadio

Yesterday, Premier asked if I would speak on the popular game Fortnite, especially in the light of the NSPCC concerns about 'inappropriate contact', and Matt Hancock's comments about its addictiveness. Business Insider gives a useful overview of why the game is so popular, and BusinessCloud talks to a games developer who stresses 'personal discipline'. I knew I could speak on this, but know that Andy Robertson could speak on it even better as this is…