In my talk on Positively Teenage and Life Online at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Weds, I might refer to a few articles I don’t have in my resources section – or I might not refer to them but they’re useful anyway!
- Article in New Scientist calming some of the conclusions people fling about re social media being responsible for the ills of the world
- Susan Greenfield’s most recent attack on social media, Social media is regressing children’s mentality to that of three-year-olds, says top brain scientist, and a clever satire in The Guardian here. Greenfield’s concerns are worth investigating and there may be elements of truth in some of what she says but she is widely criticised for making melodramatic and unsupported claims on this subject and that headline illustrates an example (though it’s possible those were not her words). What exactly is the “mentality of a three year old”? How do you measure it? In what way are “children” (of what age?) regressing to that? Where’s the evidence? Which aspects of “social media”? Why just social media – why not gaming, or any of the other things we do online? Such claims also fail to recognise the enormous benefits that can come from screens, including from social media. So, yes, we should worry about the effects , and arguably especially on young people (although young people’s brains are terrifically resilient and particularly plastic) but we need to worry sensibly and calmly. Calm worrying, that’s the way.
- The idea of a “goldilocks effect” of screen-time – not too much but not too little.
- A blog post on Parenting for a Digital Future on why it doesn’t make sense to ban smartphones
- Article in Future Scot after a report form the World Health Organisationshowed that “Scottish teens are some of the top computer users in Europe, with 79.9 per cent of girls and 83.6 per cent of boys between 11 and 15 spending over two hours on a computer, tablet or phone on weekdays” leading experts to “speculate that the increase in screen time is leading to a lack of exercise and is thus fuelling the childhood obesity epidemic.”
- Blogpost by a sixth-former, Evie, on ParentZone, “Nobody should make you feel bad about your decisions“, talking about “social media, Love Island, cosmetic surgery and unrealistic body expectations”.
And here are some more links to some of my resources:
My extensive resource list on everything to do with Life Online, including the differences between reading in print and on screen. (These resources are undergoing extensive updating and this might or might not have happened when you come to look at them!)
Do come to the signing tent afterwards, for free printed postcards and posters – and to buy a book if possible! I’ll have lots of things to give away, including a couple of mugs to deserving people. (Not decided how I’ll work out to to give them to…)
Schools, don’t forget to investigate my highly-praised classroom teaching materials. Perfect for the new school term!
You’ll find the powerpoint presentation from my talk on Slideshare.
AND in my extreme generosity, I have printed out lots of stuff for people who come to the signing queue. I couldn’t bring enough for everyone, though – trains, shoulders, small suitcases, rain, etc. First come first served. Please come!
**STOP PRESS** I am going to be announcing my next title very soon…