📊More Than Robots #30 / June 2020

“I'll tell you what Freedom is to me. No fear” - Nina Simone

As one kind of lockdown is lifted, important numbers and statistics are emerging. Data can help us know what's going on, who is where, where they are going or what happened.
Big numbers might say a lot. But it's up to each of us to keep choosing what matters...

📆 More Than Robots Meet-Up / 17 July

The next More Than Robots meet up will be online on Friday 17th July 10.30 - 12.00
Topics include:

  • #CovidUnder19
  • Voices of young people during lockdown
    ...and more


NEW - Three Minute Wonders
Join in... Three minutes for you to save the world, shout about a launch, update on a project or ask for help
If you would like to share something please contact me asap

📖 Research

How girls have been affected by Covid-19 Crisis / Girl Guiding
65% would like to know where to get trustworthy information for children and young people. 28% of 15 to 18-year-olds feel under pressure to 'be productive and share the things they’ve achieved on social media'

Contact during lockdown: How are children and their birth families keeping in touch? / Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
For some children, being able to communicate with parents was experienced positively. Others were unsettled or even frightened by video calls - they disliked having this contact in their ‘safe space'
Further reading: The effects of digital contact on children's well-being: evidence from public and private law contexts​

Checking in: voices of young people during lockdown / Good Thinking / Partnership for London
“Being at home and with family comes with a lot of stresses and pressures"

Covid-19 news and information: 12-15-year-old children’s news consumption and attitudes / Ofcom
67% of 12 to 15 year olds get news and information about the pandemic from family members, 31% from friends and 17% from school

Association of childhood out-of-home care status with all-cause mortality up to 42-years later / University College London
Those who had been in care in childhood were 70% more likely to die than those who had not been in care

Impact of Covid-19 on online child sexual exploitation / WePROTECT Global Alliance
A 106% increase in reports of suspected child sexual exploitation to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Take the Temperature: A National Youth Trends report understanding the impact of coronavirus on young people in the UK / Beatfreeks
51% of young people are making more effort to help those in need. 58% said that Covid-19 has left them unsure about their futures

📎 Resources

A guide to delivering Digital youth work / UK Youth
Ways to deliver 'high quality digital youth work during COVID-19 and beyond'

Send me a pic? / ThinkUKnow
Three sessions for 12-14 year olds on issues around nude image sharing

A curated look at kindness / National Gallery
A video by  the Head of the Curatorial Department, exploring paintings on the theme of kindness
See also: ArtUK Curations - create your own exhibition

Can you save the world? / Martin Jacob
Go through a city while social distancing, and save millions of lives!

Free digital subtitling training / Stage Text
Free videos to teach you how to subtitle work and to understand the benefits and importance of subtitles

Be Internet Legends Parent Sessions / Google / Parent Zone
New and interactive parent sessions about internet safety

🗳 Take Part

Global campaign and survey developed with young people so they can be 'meaningfully involved in the discussions about responses to the Covid-19 pandemic / Also available in French and more languages soon

Childnet Film Competition / Deadline 22 June
Create a short film or storyboard in response to this year’s theme: 'We want an internet where we’re free to…'

BBC Young Reporter - Coronavirus
The chance for young people to report with BBC programmes and platforms

💬 Inspiration and opinion

The digital divide affects teachers as well as their pupils
'Simply equipping pupils with the resources to learn online may not be enough'

‘Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain
'Gallery view challenges the brain’s central vision, forcing it to decode so many people at once that no one comes through meaningfully, not even the speaker'

The (re)human touch — optimising services for relational contact
'The more technical and systematised an interaction is, the less we revert to and rely on our more humane and empathic natures'

What happens when you create a party in Google docs
'Coats are cut and pasted into the coatroom tab. In the kitchen, a cheese and pineapple hedgehog appears, a bucket of beer, some Veggie Percy Pigs™... I drop some clean ASCII mugs in nearby cells for folk to use

...and finally
Next time you venture out, consider who is behind the mask

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Jamie Larson