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Kids, Social Media & Computer Games – A Guide for Grown Ups

As the parent of two young children, I’m often in conversation with other adults about the ways kids use technology.  We sometimes feel a bit out of our depth and almost intimated by the boundless confidence our children exhibit when engaging with games, apps and social media. However daunted we might feel, we can’t sit […]

Playing with online privacy

Being aware of the information we share is an increasingly important consideration in our connected lives.  Many of us don’t really think about the digital footprints we leave or what organisations might do with the apparently trivial details they gather when we sign up for new products or services.  Many “free” offers are contingent on […]

Twitter 2012

Found this interesting infographic over at Infographic Labs.  It says a lot about Twitter except that the average lifespan of a Twitter user is less than 30 days.  The numbers belie the fact that it remains dominated a small number of prolific Tweeters.   Twitter 2012: The Freshest Statistics on the King of Microblogging Services […]

Where was I? Location-based Stories

I’ve been thinking about location-based stories with some very bright students at the University of Bradford [I’m privileged to spend about 10% of my time lecturing].  I thought I would share the simple overview that I gave to them. As David Polinchock over at FutureLab comments, location-based stories have exists as long as people have […]

Social Justice articles

Upwards social mobility reduces stress – Journal of Epidemiology & Community Heath http://j.mp/nJfdO9 UC Research Points to Best Practices to Reduce Recidivism http://j.mp/pQCNVc Socioeconomic status as child dictates response to stress as adult according to University of Minnesota http://j.mp/qDZRZ8 High technology, not low taxes, may drive states’ economic growth. Penn State research. http://j.mp/iqX536 Death by […]

Social Media articles

Some of the social media articles that have caught my eye in the last few weeks: Behaviour People will more pay for online privacy according Carnegie Mellon study. http://j.mp/rsLc9U Parents behaviour on Facebook no better than their children’s. University of Guelph http://j.mp/pqDxrI One-Fifth of Grandparents Use Social Networks [STUDY] from @mashable http://j.mp/jjiX1i Five ways to […]

Multiplatform & technology articles

Some of the recent articles I’ve seen about about multiplatform, transmedia and technology: Multiplatform Tools of attraction: creating multimedia content for games and TV shows. From the Guardian http://j.mp/ivcuIB #multiplatform Ed Cotton: We Need Creative Hybrids – Why Transmedia Is Becoming Mandatory  http://j.mp/jHZLQv Transmedia Defining Transmedia http://j.mp/ljJ5by Jeff Gomez – Storyworlds: The New Transmedia Business Paradigm http://j.mp/lJQqyK […]

Childhood articles

Some of the articles about children and childhood that I’ve seen in the last few weeks: Parents & preschool Wanted: More Playful Parents http://j.mp/mII7ph Supportive home learning experiences in the early years boost low-income children’s readiness for school. From NYU. http://j.mp/j3JmWs Parents prefer media content ratings system in national study led by Iowa State Uni […]