While researching for my column I checked out what was trending on Sunday evening and I saw news breaking about #Malmo. People were tweeting about explosions and terrorist attacks in Sweden, claiming a news blackout by the BBC and Sky. I checked and there was indeed nothing about it in the news but I was wary about the tone of the tweets as they were pretty hard line anti-Islam
The expression ignorance is bliss feels spot on right now, but whilst I’m frequently tempted to move to an off grid remote island I know that I need to understand what’s going on out there. I totally appreciate and celebrate the shift towards transparency and accountability brought about by social media, but it does mean we are confronted with disturbing issues on an almost daily basis.
On International Womens Day Sharon Jackson and I Launched We Are WOW to simplify the digi-world and empower people to use the tools that we be useful to them.
February 10th was Safer Internet Day with the theme of ‘Lets create a better internet together”.
The day was about understanding the positives of the online world, but also highlighted that as many as a third of young people are still being bullied on-line.
I do, of course, worry about some of the things that young people share on-line, but I must say that I worry more about what is perhaps the elephant in the room – what parents are sharing about their children
As an ex-youth worker and a mum of a teen, I do worry about the UK’s attitude towards our young people. I am however aware of one group that are very keen to be seen everywhere that young people hang out – and that’s marketers. Which means young people do not have a safe site to hang out on.
As 2014 draws to a close, just for fun I thought I’d share a little old fashioned seasonal quiz to check how addicted you are to the digital world – just in case you are still thinking about your New Year Resolutions.
We need to train ourselves to stop and think “Who will see this?” and not share pictures of other people without permission – just in case. I grew up with the saying, “it’s not my news to share”. I think that’s possibly a good rule for social media. If someone wants people to know their news, they will tell them themselves.
A version of this article first appeared in Jane Binnion’s column in the Lancaster Guardian What is ‘The right to be forgotten’ ? One of the concerns that people talk to me about is, with so much information being on- line, can old information be dragged up and used against you? – as in the […]
Social media policies are increasingly popular, yet costly mistakes are still being made. What if we put less emphasis on having a piece of paper and made a commitment to train our staff, build a fully inclusive strategy and have the whole team as your customer care eyes and ears?
The young people and social media debate is now on a par with the sex education debate. Who should teach our young people to keep safe, teachers, or parents?