๐Ÿ‘‘ More Than Robots #54 /June 2022

๐Ÿ“† MTR Meet Up Mashup

Friday 24th June / 09.30 - 11.30 / Online

Join us for a special collaborative event exploring creativity, digital and learning.

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for anyone interested in the digital provision of creativity and cultural learning.


  • The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter
  • โ€œIn their own wordsโ€: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

More to be added soon


๐Ÿ“– Research

The LCA identified 2 discrete classes. Class 1 participants were more likely than Class 2 participants to report family-owned devices, have lower technology importance scores, have household technology rules often centered on content, have positive parent relationships and lower parent social media use, and report better health outcomes and well-being indicators

87.5% of children and young people say they read in-game messages, while 92.4% read personal/ direct messages. 84.2% of children and young people say they write text or messages while playing video games

How to apply six key principles of trauma-informed approaches to computing: safety, trust, peer support, collaboration, enablement, and intersectionality.

The results provide further support for evidence showing the benefits of various web-based mindfulness interventions in reducing depression and anxiety symptoms

More adventurous play was associated with lower internalising symptoms and more positive affect. The results suggest that giving children more opportunity to play in an adventurous way when they are in and out of school may offer benefits in terms of childrenโ€™s mood and longer term mental health.

๐Ÿ“Ž Resources

A brand new, free mental health literacy teaching resource for secondary school or college PSHE

A short informational film and fact sheets for professionals, parents and carers. To: understand what the Dark Web is; know why and how some young people might access the Dark Web; feel confident having conversations and supporting young people who are accessing the Dark Web

Digitally Kind explores a range of technical, social and cultural considerations around the use of tech when working with individuals covering values and governance; access; safety and wellbeing; knowledge and skills; and participation.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Inspiration and opinion

How we care for our children is a reflection of our values as a country. When we get it right, childrenโ€™s social care allows children and families to flourish - it can be a reflection of England at its best.

Once we see robots as mediators of human being, we can understand how the `robots rights' debate is focused on first world problems, at the expense of urgent ethical concerns, such as machine bias, machine elicited human labour exploitation, and erosion of privacy all impacting society's least privileged individuals.

What do the words we often use to talk about digital power really mean? This glossary offers definitions for and groups some of the terms commonly used to describe the intersections of power and digital technologies

...and finally

Is the federated, decentralised, version 3 future of the web going to be overrun by toxic pengiuns?

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Jamie Larson