Media summary: September 2013

In September 2013, I worked alongside Disney on their £3m pan-European anti-cyberbullying campaign, It Starts With You. The campaign, which is fronted by Una Healy of The Saturdays, officially launched on September 11th. As part of this safety movement, I helped Club Penguin to construct a digital natives dictionary aimed at helping parents to understand their child’s online interaction so that they can be better informed about whether their kids are being cyberbullied (or cyberbullying others). I featured in a range of media interviews discussing the ever-changing nature of language, children’s online safety, and how parents can be empowered in protecting their children online.


I was interviewed by national stations such as Sky News Radio, local BBC stations including Guernsey, Hereford & Worcester, Humberside, Teesside, Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, Herts), West Midlands, and commercial stations such as Compass FM (Lincs), Dearne FM (Lincs), Express FM (Ports & S. E. Hamps), Kemet FM (Notts), KCFM (Lincs), Lincs FM, Palm 105.5 (Devon), Ridings FM (Lincs), Rother FM (Lincs), Rutland Radio (Lincs), Trax FM (Lincs), and UCB Radio.


I was featured in articles across the national print and online press, including The Telegraph (twice), the Daily Mail, the Metro, and in international press in countries such as Poland, India, China, and Taiwan. I was also commissioned to write an article for The Independent.

The savage arena

Reblogged from the ESRC’s Britain in 2014 magazine, p104-107.

The internet has brought with it a new era of communication. It is a gateway to unparalleled resources of education and entertainment, but in recent years, several disturbing online behaviours have come to the fore, including cyberbullying and trolling. In some instances, those carrying out the attacks have been so persistent and cruel that they have driven their targets to move homes, jobs, or schools, to self-harm, and even to commit suicide. So why does the internet bring out the worst in some people? Continue reading