Talking #Screentime

Yesterday, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published a new report on screentime, which one BBC news headline interpreted as 'Worry less about children's screen use, parents told', whilst the Sun interpreted it as 'Twelve ways to break your children’s screen addiction as technology and gaming wrecks sleep'. So there was many interpretations … Continue reading Talking #Screentime

VIDEO: Expert Woman

Over the summer, I was asked to contribute to the video series 'Expert Women' for MMU Business School, and last week we recorded. We talked about moving from my original research in history, to current research in digital, my plans for research related to social media and cancer, and some of the media work that … Continue reading VIDEO: Expert Woman

World War I, Remembrance Sunday, and the beginnings of ‘dark tourism’

Today marks Remembrance Sunday, a day when the UK and the Commonwealth commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. One hundred years ago today, millions of soldiers laid down their weapons and the 11th hour of the 11th day of the … Continue reading World War I, Remembrance Sunday, and the beginnings of ‘dark tourism’

The Datafication of Children, Social Media and Sharenting

The children’s commissioner for England is calling on internet giants and toy-makers to be more transparent about the data they are collecting on children (BBC). She has published a report: ‘Who Knows What About Me‘. I was asked by Talk Radio to think about the ethics of putting photos of your kids online, and at … Continue reading The Datafication of Children, Social Media and Sharenting

Should you go on a Digital Detox?

Today I was invited onto BBC Radio Gloucestershire to discuss digital culture, social media and whether it’s a good idea to take a break occasionally. I was asked to think about whether I ever take a break from social media? How many hours do I spend online each day? What about holidays - do I … Continue reading Should you go on a Digital Detox?

Me No Like

The airwaves and blog sites are alive with the rumour that Twitter is about to abandon the 'like' button with a view to improving dialogue and conversation on the platform. Twitter were quick to deny it was a decision. As we've been saying for a while, we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure … Continue reading Me No Like