⛑ More Than Robots #51 / March 2022

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Online / 10.00 - 12.00 / FREE

Great speakers covering a wide range of topics that all link around digital and young people

Topics include:

📖 Research

Non-face-to-face versus face-to-face is possibly an unhelpful framing. It is more useful to consider the help-seeking of children and young people as a continuum where individuals move around with deftness and fluidity.

Although digital contact can allow young people more freedom and control over contact plans, professionals and carers can experience challenges around setting boundaries and supervising such contact.

Self-monitoring significantly increased emotional self-awareness, facilitated communication between the young person and their health care professional, and encouraged help-seeking behaviours, particularly in boys.

Young people with moderate to severe depressive symptoms are nearly twice as likely as those without depression to say they use social media almost constantly (34% vs. 18%)

Automated gender recognition systems should account for diversity and inclusion, using a more accurate understanding of gender identity to fully represent contemporary society – if indeed needing to know a users’ gender is important in the first place

🗳 Take part

A chance for 11-18 years-old to tell the BBC a story idea about themselves, their friends or community or a subject relating to young people that they think the BBC should be reporting.

📎 Resources

UB-OK is an app that helps young people try out daily activities that can help improve their mental health.

Navigatr is a visual discovery engine that links digital badges into pathways to help learners reach their goals and organisations demonstrate impact. Our aim is to make learning visible, measurable and connected.

An online learning course for foster carers to help them support the online lives of the children in their care. / Part of Nominet Reach

When building a digital product it’s important to understand the value you want to provide and the value you are providing. You can typically break them down into functional, social, monetary and psychological value.

💬 Inspiration and opinion

Businesses have already lucratively combined heightened surveillance, sham self-employment and ‘crowdsourcing’ of work towards the global south, taking advantage of abysmal pay rates and zero employment protection. The Metaverse could make these trends explode.

It begins with a canal project in Afghanistan and a cafe worker called Sophia, but ends by explaining how 91% of likes on UAE Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed's tweets are created by at least 11,000 bots/fake accounts

Relative to the Pandemic, the single biggest work question I’ve been asking myself for two years is: what did we lose? What is the measurable and objective loss for teams not working in close proximity?

...and finally

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