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

‘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

Are mobile phones turning people into zombies?

I was asked to comment on the fact it seems that so many people walking into things because they are paying too much attention to their phones. I said: Dr Bex Lewis, a senior lecturer in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, says the issue should not be taken at face value and … Continue reading Are mobile phones turning people into zombies?

Tips for those ‘Back to School’ Photos

This week, Surrey Police are carrying out a social media campaign, encouraging parents to think more carefully about the ‘back to school’ photo’ in front of the front door’. For once this was not a story about 'don't do it', but a 'take more care' story. Their campaign was as follows: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSurreyPolice%2Fposts%2F1839689789450613&width=500 I was asked … Continue reading Tips for those ‘Back to School’ Photos