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Education, Democracy and Digital Technologies

Should democracies embrace or fear social media and new online platforms?  That's the question the Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies has been considering. Led by Lord Puttnam it called for evidence on the impact on political campaigning, the electoral process, our understanding of the truth and public's wider engagement with politics and political [...]

By |November 29th, 2019|

11 tips to stay well informed for #GE2019

In the lead up to an election political misinformation and disinformation are widespread online. What advice can we give young people - soon to be voters - about accessing reliable information? These tips will help equip them - and all of us - to make informed decisions.  Find the source Don’t trust something just because [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|

‘Misinformation’ TEDx talk by DLSCo co-founder

With a snap election looking highly probable and the volume of online misinformation seen during the 2017 General Election set to continue, how can we ensure the electorate is making well-informed voting decisions? Our co-founder, Shelley Metcalfe spoke recently at TEDx Macclesfield about the cost of careless clicks, how we are all part of the problem [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|

The Big Sister Guide: Getting it Right on Social Media

OK, I’ll come clean. I’m pretty obsessed with social media. The gram. The tweets. It’s great. It’s addictive. And, can you blame me? When I was little, iPhones weren’t even a thing. The arrival of the internet was like a time travelling expedition and me and my friends were the first out of the space [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|

The smartphone survival guide – 10 top tips for parents, by parents!

Raising a child is all about milestones: first tooth, first steps, first day at school and nowadays their first smartphone? While this may be a peculiar concept for some parents, we cannot deny that when it comes to mobile phones the question is no longer “will I buy one for my child?” but “when?”. On [...]

By |March 2nd, 2018|

Parents – share your smartphone wisdom!

One of the questions we hear most often from parents is "what is the right age for a child to get their first smartphone"? The truth is, there is no "right" age to give a child a smartphone. There is, however, plenty that can be done to help your child avoid the potential pitfalls when [...]

By |January 23rd, 2018|

5 simple strategies to build teens’ online resilience

The number of schools clamping down on the use of smart phones during school hours is increasing as reports point to the harmful effects of social media on young people’s well-being. There is speculation that social media may be fueling a mental health crisis - and some research suggests that heavy use could linked to poor mental [...]

By |August 15th, 2017|