Welcome to ‘Tech Shock’ – the new podcast from Parent Zone!
Vicki Shotbolt and Geraldine Bedell are your hosts, looking at how digital technology is affecting family life.
They’ll help explain its mysteries to parents, teachers, professionals and policymakers; looking at whether streaming platforms are encouraging young people to make porn, whether online lives are creating a generation of gamblers and whether there are too many men on the internet.
So subscribe now, rate the podcast, and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Monday morning for a new episode of ‘Tech Shock – from Parent Zone’.
Remote Learning - How could we be doing it better?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Tom Rose of Oak National Academy about what we need to do next to ensure children get the best online learning.
Should we have been doing blended learning sooner?
What can we do about digital poverty and lack of devices?
What is the latest news on giving children free access to educational sites, if they’re using phones to connect?
Should Ofsted be inspecting schools’ digital provision?
What is the future of online learning, post-pandemic?
The Year of the Screen
Vicki and Geraldine round up a digital year like no other and look at the government’s end-of-year proposals for regulating the internet.
What have been the big issues for families online in 2020?
The government has announced its latest proposals for regulating tech companies - are they the right ones?
What can we expect from 2021?
Thanks ago so much for all your help this year. It’s been really fun. Have a lovely, if somewhat reduced, Christmas, and a happy new year - and look forward to picking up the podcast again in 2021,
Are The Anti-vaxxers Winning?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Professor Helen Bedford of Great Ormond Street about online anti-vaccination campaigns and what they mean for the Covid vaccination rollout.
Has there always been resistance to vaccination?
Why does social media make things so much worse?
Has vaccination been co-opted into the culture wars?
Is it enough to tell people the facts?
Can scientists beat the anti-vaxxers on their own ground?
What Can Be Done About Online Hate?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Joe Mulhall of 'Hope Not Hate' about the threat of the far-right online.
- are different types of platform are facilitating hate speech in different ways?
- are there limits to free speech?
- is it reasonable to expect platforms to design out hate, given the needs of the online attention economy?
- how should the government regulate, and who else needs to be involved?
What kind of world will children face, and how can we prepare them?
This week, Vicki and Geraldine talk to Professor Sonia Livingstone about her book, Parenting for a Digital Future.
Why do parents worry so much about screen time?
Should children be learning to code?
Parents are stuck in a giant digital parenting experiment - but is it the same experiment for everyone?
Should Parents Feel So Guilty?
This week, Vicki and Geraldine talk about screen time and other guilt-inducing aspects of family life online.
Why is play not seen as play when it’s online?
Is it just that the technology’s new?
Has parenting itself changed in ways that make parents feel more guilty?
Why do parents feel they’re mainly - even solely - responsible for what their children get up to online?
Is 'safety tech' going to solve the problems of feeling out of control?
Can legislation help to take away some parental guilt?