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#SID2014: Recording of @drbexl on #SteveWright on @BBCRadio2 #DigitalParenting

For those who weren’t able to listen live, check the BBC website:

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#SID2014: Recording of @drbexl on #SteveWright on @BBCRadio2

For those who weren’t able to listen live, check the BBC website:

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#SID2014: Talking About It with #SteveWright & Others (#DigitalParenting)

Steve Wright in the Afternoon

Today’s been a really interesting day – it’s Safer Internet Day, an annual Europe-wide day raising the profile of what can be done to give your child a safer experience online. Yesterday I did a number of pre-records for Real Radio NorthEastSun FMRadio TeesRadio NewcastleTV Tyne Tees, none of which I’ve heard/seen (yet?!). This morning I did a live interview with Radio Newcastle, before spending an enjoyable hour with John and Nage in the Premier Radio studios talking about the issues that a day such as today raises (recording just been sent to me!):

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I then headed over to the BBC ready to do a live interview on BBC News 24. With Prince Charles and Camilla visiting, there was some confusion, and I got taken off by the wrong person – as we were talking, it was clear we had the wrong pairing! We laughed, went downstairs and found the right person, and spent 40 minutes in the ‘Green Room’ – was just about to go into the studio, and the story got bumped (you can’t really compete with Shirley Temple and Prince Charles), although they interviewed the CEO of Dixons about the topic as he was already on about something else …

bbc-newsAnyway, the possibility is still there for another day (and no I didn’t pop around the corner to see Prince Charles).

I then was taken back outside to go to Radio 2, where I spent an enjoyable few minutes with Steve Wright, Tim and Janie. First words as I got in the studio “I really like your book”, and last words “see you next time”! Programme goes live NOW, and my segment will apparently be sometime between 330-5pm.

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#DigitalParenting: The Myth of the Digital Native (#SID2014)

book-cover-bex-400The CHILDWISE “Digital Lives” Report of 2010 proudly noted: “Today’s young children are born into a digital world, and have never known a time without the internet affecting all aspects of their daily life.” That may be true, but it tends to be translated into a kind of panic:

one step ahead in an area [technology] that has developed so much, as we have become parents and never navigated it before ourselves [as children]. (Parent, 19 or over)

We need to appreciate, however, that using technology doesn’t mean that we understand how it works, any more than driving a car means that we are mechanics. Terms have been coined such as “digital natives” or “net generation”, which all perpetuate this idea that every child knows what they are doing online. Parents seem to agree:

The children usually know more than we do, and I think that is one of the problems. Computers didn’t exist when I was at school, so I didn’t learn anything about them; I’ve as an adult, and probably steps behind my children! (Parent, 16 to 18, 19 or over)

had to learn everything sometimes I’ve been a few of parenting and realize that I will most likely be a step behind my digitally native children! However, with guidelines in place, I believe that digital 

(Parent, 2 or under, 3 to 5)

If we buy into the idea that children are “digital natives”, who are fundamentally different from “the rest of us”, we can cause serious confidence problems for parents. Traits such as collaboration, innovation, transparency, and openness are often ascribed to the younger generation, and they may indeed be found there, but research demonstrates that they can also be observed across all generations. The EU Kids Online study in 2012 found that only about 20 per cent of the 25,000 children they interviewed fitted this stereotype.5 I have observed many students who are entirely happy using social networks such as Facebook, but struggle to conduct effective online searches, something that has been evidenced by others at e-learning conferences. Every generation is different, but there are factors other than technology that may account for the differences.

Marc Prensky popularized the term “digital native” in 2001, referring to those in the US education system who had grown up surrounded by technology. A more useful idea has developed from a team at Oxford University led by Dave White: 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.6 I am most definitely a digital resident, though I’m far too old to be a “digital native”.

(p60-62, Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst, released 21st February 2014)

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#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: