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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’.    

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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’.    

    13. Geraldine and Vicki round up the season

    13. Geraldine and Vicki round up the season

    Vicki and Geraldine review podcast highlights from 2021
    Talking points:
    What have we learnt about the Online Safety Bill?What will we be talking about next year - and does it have to be the metaverse?Are we optimistic looking ahead to 2022?

    • 45 min
    12. Caroline Dinenage MP

    12. Caroline Dinenage MP

    Vicki talks to Caroline Dinenage MP for Gosport and former Minister at the DCMS about her hopes for the Online Safety Bill and the future of the internet.


    Talking points:


    Is the Online Safety Bill actually going to work or will it push children to less safe corners of the digital world?Why have parents been left out of the bill?What will success look like - what can we hope for in the future?

    • 27 min
    11. Nejra van Zalk

    11. Nejra van Zalk

    Nejra van Zalk is a psychologist working in the Dyson School of Engineering at Imperial College, London. Vicki and Geraldine talk to her about the contribution psychologists can make to how we experience our online lives.

    Talking points:
    How much are we making our own decisions when we're online?Why are we cavalier about giving away our data online, even when we care about privacy?Could online platforms and services actually improve young people’s mental health?Will we have to sacrifice some convenience online for our own good?

    • 45 min
    10. Poppy Wood

    10. Poppy Wood

    Vicki and Geraldine talk to the UK director of Reset about how to fix the online world.


    Talking points:


    When it comes to legislating for internet safety, why do parents so often get left out?Is all the talk about digital literacy fundamentally a kind of victim-blaming?How do we stop online harms without infringing freedom of speech?

    • 45 min
    9. William Perrin

    9. William Perrin

    Vicki and Geraldine talk to the man responsible for an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes shaping of the Online Safety Bill about whether we’re finally about to get an internet that feels a bit less like the setting for a Mad Max movie.


    Talking points: 


    Are we about to enter the public health era of the internet?What impact has the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen had?In a Bill that’s squarely aimed at protecting children, why don’t parents get a mention?

    • 48 min
    8. Tracey Follows

    8. Tracey Follows

    Vicki and Geraldine talk to the futurist Tracey Follows, author of The Future of You, about the internet’s potential to undermine our sense of who we are.
    Talking points:
    How can we think clearly about the future when tech is so full of surprises?Does tech lead to authoritarian governments?Should you do a genetic test?

    • 47 min

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