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[MEDIA] The One Show #Cyberbullying #SID2015


So, earlier this evening, I was live on The One Show, talking about cyberbullying, from my book Raising Children in a Digital Age, and ready for a new cyberbullying report coming out from the BBC tomorrow, as well as Safer Internet Day 2015. All a bit of a whirlwind. If you want a vague idea of what happens – was collected, given a room (with wi-fi), in which I’d planned to work on a report, but ended up rehearsing my points for most of the afternoon. Got a chance to practice them with the producer, then was sent for food, make-up, rehearsal – in which about 10+ minutes in which I got lots of questions, from which Matt/Alex picked the ones they wanted to use. Back behind the scenes, until I was called to the sofa, quick chat whilst the VT is playing, then we’re on air, and what feels like 30 second later, I’m done – no chance to namecheck anyone – sorry – but lots of you are namechecked in the book, so… Watched the rest of it, quick photo, and off home.

Back up in the morning for a few more media interviews, and hopefully some report writing!

Love a few more reviews on the book (hopefully positive ones)… only 47p on Kindle as a special for Internet Safety Week – and the show will be on iPlayer for a bit 🙂


#SID2015: ‘Let’s create a better internet together’


If you didn’t know, just under a year ago, I saw the publication of my labour of love Raising Children in a Digital Age, which led to a flurry of media the week before for Safer Internet Day 2014, most notably as a ‘big guest’ on BBC Radio 2 with Steve Wright in the Afternoon (proved very useful for those ‘an interesting fact about yourself’ introduction exercises). With my book having gone to reprint after 4 months, and generally received very well, the publishers contacted press again re Safer Internet Day 2015. TheoneshowAfter a number of ‘we might have this, oh no’, what is already known is:

I love the theme this year. Part of the reason that my book is known as Raising Children, rather than the original working title of Parenting is that, although I don’t have children, we as a wider society all have a responsibility for our society, past (I am a historian by training!), present and future. As someone who doesn’t have children I am not just telling you how Ive done it, but been able to take a bigger overview of research mixed with ‘real’ experience. So enjoy what #SID2015 has to say:

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!

Join the efforts to make the internet part of a safer world for all – this coming Tuesday, 10th February.

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The One Show

I’ve just been chatting to the Researchers from The One Show about “Keep Calm and Carry On”, which they are planning to cover on 29th March.  I had tried pitching to The One Show before, but hadn’t been picked up.  It looks like I won’t actually be on it, as they will be filming at Barter Books (Alnwick is a little far from Winchester, although I really want to go and see the store!), but as usual, I hope that my historical knowledge makes a contribution… and is acknowledged! It will be interesting to see who else they talk to – I know it includes James Aulich, who wrote this great book on War Posters, and was behind the digitisation project at the Imperial War Museum.


BBC: Pitching for “The One Show”

Below is an abstract I have submitted to “The One Show” – who knows if it will get picked up or not, they may already have something lined up, but worth an email (or few!)

“September 3rd 2009 marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

In 2000 a poster was discovered in the bottom of a box of books, bought at auction by a book-seller in Alnwick.  The poster, designed by the Ministry of Information in 1939, was intended to be posted in the event of an invasion.  It was (probably) distributed around the country in the same way that other posters were – to post offices, train stations, etc.  Two other posters in the series “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will bring Us Victory” and “Freedom is in Peril, Defend it with all your Might” were posted widely.  But as Britain was never invaded, “Keep Calm and Carry On” was never used.

Until now…!

The poster has had a resurgence, particularly since November 2008, when the credit crunch really hit, with many using it as a mantra to get through their daily lives.  Catching the mood of the nation it has been widely distributed, copied onto mugs, T shirts and student walls.


Dr Bex Lewis is an expert on 2nd World War propaganda posters.  Her blog gets many hits about “Keep Calm and Carry On” and it’s variations (which include “Now Panic and Freak Out!”)

Bex Lewis completed her PhD entitled “The planning, design and reception of British Home Front propaganda posters of the Second World War” in June 2004 (examined by Asa Briggs) at the University of Winchester.  She is currently a Lecturer in History, and Associate Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Winchester.”