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Raising Children in a Digital Age #YC14


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Raising children in a digital age, Bex Lewis
How do those raising children in the contemporary world –parents, relatives, teachers, and youth workers - gain confidence in the digital environment? How do all enjoy the best whilst avoiding the worst, both for themselves, and those they are responsible for?
For Youthwork the Conference, November 2014

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Raising Children in a Digital Age #YC14

  1. 1. Raising Children in a Digital Age Dr Bex Lewis @drbexl Director, Digital Fingerprint Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, CODEC Centre for Digital Theology, Durham University
  2. 2. Published by Lion Hudson February 2014
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  4. 4. Let’s “tweet” each other…
  5. 5. Feel the Fear….
  6. 6. The End is Nigh!
  7. 7. Digital Culture: It Matters!
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  9. 9. The Toolbox
  10. 10. Doug Ray:
  11. 11. Are they digital natives?
  12. 12. Communicate Communicate Communicate
  13. 13. Is privacy dead?
  14. 14. To monitor or not to monitor?
  15. 15. Just because you can … doesn’t mean you should!
  16. 16. H.A.L.T. If you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, step away from the keyboard/keypad and deal with that issue first.
  17. 17. Relationships…
  18. 18. Stranger Danger
  19. 19. Increasingly Mobile
  20. 20. • No surprise, then, that Facebook is no longer a place for uninhibited status updates about pub antics, but an obligatory communication tool that younger people maintain because everyone else does. • All the fun stuff is happening elsewhere. On their mobiles.
  21. 21. Sex Talk (Porn, Pedophilia and Sexting)
  22. 22. Keeping within the Law
  23. 23. Physical Setup Brain Changes Addiction Multitasking Conversational Ability Couch Potatoes
  24. 24. Screen time and family dynamics
  25. 25. Gaming
  26. 26. Does the digital age offer life opportunities?
  27. 27. Do it for them Do it with them Watch while they do it Let them do it for themselves.
  28. 28. Grandparent s teachers, youth leaders
  29. 29. Permissions/Consent •Parent’s permission before contact •Consent for use of photographs •Catchall statement for registration forms – assumes opt-in unless opt-out.
  30. 30. Language • Use clear, unambiguous language, avoiding abbreviations that can be mis-interpreted. • Take care with sign-offs
  31. 31. Accountability • Leaders/Young People develop agreed ‘Internet Guidelines’ • Line manager // access to social media accounts • Second leader ‘in the room’ • Save messages/disclosures for use later if required.
  32. 32. Confidentiality • Be prepared for ‘deeper’ disclosures • Be clear on how much advice/source you can give. • Add a disclaimer on how you might need to share their information.
  33. 33. Boundaries •Work-specific device? •Don’t keep images of young people on personal devices •Define curfews
  34. 34. Looking to the future
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