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

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Are mobile phones good or bad for us?

With the O2 network down, I was asked by BBC Radio Manchester to comment on whether we are 'too addicted to our phones'. You can listen to the interview here. Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash

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?

‘What age should my child have a smartphone?’

This morning I was on BBC Radio Manchester discussing at what age children should be able to use/have a smartphone. These are two very different questions in my mind: I'd encourage guided use from a very early age, with a smartphone coming later once you have confidence that your child can handle it (and it's … Continue reading ‘What age should my child have a smartphone?’

Tech Talk: Sharenting – what’s the right approach? with @citymothers

A busy email list for parents working in 'The City' asked me if I would write a few words about sharenting. It finishes: Conversations about digital and social media should be an everyday conversation in most households. Think before you post about your children, whether this will cause them embarrassment, or to be bullied. As … Continue reading Tech Talk: Sharenting – what’s the right approach? with @citymothers

What can we learn about identity and social media from #TheCircle?

The programme 'The Circle' concludes on Channel 4 tonight. It was a 3 week experiment where contestants have only been able to interact through a custom-built "social media network". The 'most popular' tonight will win £50,000. I talked to James Poulter, host of the podcast 'Signal: Where Faith and Media Meet' about what this means … Continue reading What can we learn about identity and social media from #TheCircle?