๐ŸŽ‚More Than Robots #13 / January 2019

Now we are one!
It is one year since we started More Than Robots properly. Thank you to everyone old, new and in-between who has helped with making and sharing the updates and meet-ups.
Here's to many more together

๐Ÿ“… Meet-Up / Friday, February 22

The next digital participation meet-up will be on Friday 22 February.
We have a new name 'More Than Robots Meet-Up', a new registration service - the old nice one broke :( - and a great new venue...but the song remains the same.

The British Museum is very kindly hosting us in their fantastic Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.
This will be the first meet-up at a museum and will be a great chance to connect with colleagues across sectors. Places are very limited.


๐Ÿ“– Research

Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook / Princeton
Overall, sharing fake news was a relatively rare activity. Over 65's shared nearly seven times as many 'fake' articles as the youngest age group

Effects of screentime on the health and well-being of children and adolescents / UCL
There is evidence that higher levels of screentime is associated with a variety of health harms. Evidence to guide policy on safe screentime exposure is limited / Must read: 5 things parents should know about screen time

Understanding the social purpose of digital technology for arts and heritage organisations / Culture24
Insights from Let's Get Real 6, a collaborative action research project

The future of health and wellbeing behavioural differences between generations / Pegasus
57% of young people say that older generations do not fully understand mental health

Social Media Use and Adolescent Mental Health / Economic and Social Research Council
The magnitude of association between social media use and depressive symptoms was larger for girls than for boys. Girls and boys living in lower income and one parent households were more likely to use social media for 5 or more hours daily

๐Ÿ“Ž Resources

The health impacts of screen time - a guide for clinicians and parents
Summary by Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of existing research on the health effects of screen time on children and young people

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger
If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support

Evidence Hunter activity pack
FREE guide for teachers/youth workers to help children develop the skills and confidence needed to critically assess claims online

Security Planner
Answer a few simple questions to get personalized online safety recommendations

๐Ÿ’ญ Inspiration and opinion

Prediction: The biggest kids trends for 2019
'Increasingly, kids are moving away from an obsession with tangible objects like squishies and directing their attention to the digital'

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually
'Everywhere I went online this year, I was asked to prove Iโ€™m a human... I found myself prostrate daily at the feet of robot bouncers, frantically showing off my highly developed pattern-matching skills'

Why influencer marketing is not all itโ€™s cracked up to be
'Finding precisely the right people to help something go viral is unpredictable. You might be better just ignoring the network altogether and seeding a few more people'

Can Compassion Be Taught?
'Most people, given the opportunity, want to be inclusive and do the right thing. But we may just need a little push... to get us to a point where we see this reflected in laws and policies' / Also: ย #proudtobekind Poster

How a Phone Glitch Sparked a Teenage Riot
Itโ€™s not clear exactly when the hotline started, or by whom, but it was probably sometime in 1981 when Swedish teenagers discovered they could hack the national phone service...

...and finally
Fake news is so last year... say hello to 'fake people'

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Jamie Larson