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 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?