#DigitalParenting 'Children, Risk & Safety on the Internet' (2012)

Sonia Livingstone is one of the early pioneers investigating the use of computers within the family (when many had focused upon schools), and has been consulted by government on a range of related policies. This book is deeply interesting, with quite a lot of detail, based upon the 'EU Kids Online' Project, where 25,000 children and their families across Europe were interviewed to gain a nuanced idea of (safe) engagement online. The book deals with…

Boys build bonds online #DigitalParenting

Small mention in @timeshighered: University of York Boys build bonds online Social networking sites may increase the bonds of friendship for 9- to 13-year-old boys, researchers have concluded. Analysis of nearly 450 questionnaire responses, carried out by psychologists at the University of York, revealed that boys who used social networking sites showed greater feelings of belonging to their friendship group than those who did not. PhD student Sally Quinn, the lead author of the paper,…

#DigitalParenting: Shaheen Shariff: Truths & Myths of Cyber-Bullying

Shaheen Shariff & Andrew H. Churchill (Eds) Truths and Myths of Cyber-bullying: International Perspectives on Stakeholder Responsibility and Children's Safety (2009) Edited by Canadians, drawing upon authors from across the globe - more detailed than many may want, and with a particular focus upon the role of educational institutions, but lots of really interesting content. The core argument is that issues “cannot be simplified to focus solely on the behaviours of children and youth without adequate consideration of the systemic…

#DigitalParenting: Marcus Leaning: The Internet, Power & Society

Marcus Leaning: The Internet, Power and Society: Rethinking the Power of the Internet to Change Lives (2009) I used to chat to Marcus a lot as we taught the course 'Manipulating Media' together at Winchester. He draws on a huge range of studies to consider how there have been feelings that daily life will be transformed/improved through use of the internet. Social networking – transforming politics/culture. However, the Internet has also been seen as a threat – pedophiliac material…