๐Ÿšš More Than Robots #31 / July 2020


'All humankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move' โ€“ Benjamin Franklin

Things are moving. Some spaces are opening and bigger bubbles are forming - for some. As things move on, it will be interesting to see what we carry forward and what we leave behind. Here are some things you will definitely want to pack and take wherever you go...

๐Ÿ“† 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

Voices of young people during lockdown
Digita contact for children in care
...and more


NEW - Three Minute Wonders
'It's like a whole day conference for the speed reading age' - Anonymous

๐Ÿ“– Research

Children's Digital Connectivity During COVID-19 / Unicef
'Even if internet connectivity exists in a household, it should not be taken for granted that children can access it. Considerable gender disparities exist in many countries'
See also Covid-19: Expectations and Effects on Children Online / SWGFL

Look At Me: Teens, sexting and risks / Youthworks / Internet Matters
17% of 15 -17-year-olds are sharing explicit images, videos, or live streaming

COVID-19 - research studies on children and young people's views / RCPCH
Hub that compiles UK studies on children and young people's experiences and insights

Online nation / Ofcom
Over four-fifths of time online is on mobile devices. On average, 18- to 24-year-olds spent over an hour more online each day than adults overall

Interactive Covid-19 data for charities and funders / NPC
See the places most affected by Covid-19, and those that have underlying factorsโ€”such as age, health, ethnicity, economic indicatorsโ€”which may put them at risk

Reimagine the future / UK Youth
Sessions led by young people on topics including digital, racial inequality and safe places

๐Ÿ“Ž Resources

PZ Membership / Parent Zone
FREE resources and briefings for schools and organisation's to support families' digital resilience

Letโ€™s Create packs / ACE
Art supplies and creative resources available for 25,000 disadvantaged children and young people

OneSpace / The Mix, Shout. Young Minds
A simple hub for under 25s to get quick access to relevant support services and channels

DigiSafe / Catalyst
A 'step-by-step digital safeguarding guide. For charities designing new services or taking existing ones online'

Tech stock / UKBlackTech
Stock photos of adults and children using technology

Communicating online with children and young people / National Council for Disabled Children
Practical tips created by disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs

Child Online Protection Guidelines / ITU
Guidance and resources for children, parents, educators, industry and policymakers.
See Also Digiworld - an example of how the guidelines can be delivered in practice

Zoom backgrounds
Give your video calls a background to match your mood: Art / Pride / Lego

๐Ÿ—ณ 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'

Information literacy for school education
Open call to support 'the recognition of information literacy as a key pillar of school education'

๐Ÿ’ฌ Inspiration and opinion

Reframing Childhood Past and Present
A collection of essays on children's rights in a digital age, poverty, participation in placemaking, early years and more

Are we OK with this? Education in the time of Covidโ€‹
'We can not only support children's recovery but we can enable them to say 'I can' when we need them lead our renewal into the future'

Solving online events
'Every time we get a new tool, we start by forcing it to fit the old way of working, and then one day we realise that it lets us do the work differently, and indeed change what the work is'

...and finally
While some people are baffled by social distancing - for others, its a picnic

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Jamie Larson