Tech Shock - from Parent Zone
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’.
June 13, 2021
32: How is tech changing parenting?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Professor Victoria Nash, new director of the Oxford Internet Institute.Is tech undermining parental instinct?What could the government be doing better when it comes to regulating tech companies?The new Online Safety Bill relies on technical solutions - will they actually work?
June 6, 2021
31: Are we punishing children online?
Amanda Third of Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre tells Vicki and Geraldine how online safety worries can lead to adults controlling children and young people against their interests.Talking pointsIs online resilience simply a personal quality?Is it more than ‘bouncing back’?Technology is often implicated in young people’s declining mental health. But can it actually be made to help?
May 30, 2021
30: Are men monopolising data?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Lauren Klein, co-author of Data Feminism, about what’s wrong with data collection, its presentation and ethics.Talking points:What doesn’t get counted?Nobody can fit their whole self into a form: can datasets ever reflect the way things really are?Are emotion and data, far from being opposites, actually inextricably linked?
May 16, 2021
28: Hacking the Pentagon from teenage bedrooms
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Julia Davidson, Professor of Criminology and an expert in cybercrime and online harms, about how easy it is for young people to get drawn into breaking the law online.Talking points:Are all young people vulnerable to being drawn into cybercrime?What kinds of young people are attracted?Not all cybercrime is hacking: what should we do about young people illegally accessing pornography?
May 2, 2021
27: How students are putting themselves through college by making adult content online
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Lottie Gimlette of Voice Box about their report on Only Fans.Talking points:What’s the appeal of Only Fans?Is this kind of sex work sex positive or peak patriarchy?How secure is the platform’s age-gating?Is it as straightforward as it seems - or is there grooming, and pimps?
April 25, 2021
26: Will compulsory relationships and sex education improve children’s lives?
In the wake of reports of sexual harassment in schools, Vicki and Geraldine talk to Jonathan Baggaley of the PSHE Association about what’s gone wrong.Talking points:- Are parents withdrawing children from RSE?- What do we know about sexual harassment in...
April 18, 2021
25: Is tech ruining Generation Z?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Robert Wigley, author of Born Digital, The Story of a Distracted Generation, about what he sees as the damaging effects of tech on young people.Talking points:- Is tech really eroding empathy among the young?- If young people...
April 11, 2021
24: Digital poverty: it’s not all about money
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Ellen Helsper, Professor of Digital Inequalities at LSE, about why giving children laptops isn’t enough.Talking points:- Why does social disadvantage so often turn into into digital disadvantage?- Will the gap between the...
April 4, 2021
23: Can design make the internet safer?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Sarah Drummond of design agency Snook about baking safety into the design of tech products and services.Talking points:How far can designers affect our online experiences?The internet - as designed so far - doesn’t always...
March 28, 2021
22: Surveillance capitalism - an idea that won’t stand up?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Sam Gilbert, fintech entrepreneur, Cambridge researcher, and author of the radical new book, Good Data, about why he takes issue with the fashionable idea of surveillance capitalism.Talking points:How much does it matter that...
March 1, 2021
18: What about the rest of the world?
The UK is trying to regulate the internet - but much will depend on what happens globally. Vicki and Geraldine talk to Max Beverton-Palmer of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change about how much we can seriously do by ourselves.Talking points:Why...
February 22, 2021
17: How can we rescue education post-pandemic?
Lockdown learning has deepened and sharpened inequality. Vicki and Geraldine talk to Rebecca Montacute of the Sutton Trust about whether we can fix that.Talking points:Why do so many children still not have devices?Why are they still not connected?Will...
February 15, 2021
16: How can we balance children’s right to be online with their right to be safe?
As the UNHCR announces that children’s rights apply online, Vicki and Geraldine talk to Tony Stower of 5Rights about what that means for for tech companies, policymakers and parents.Talking points:- How is it helpful to view online harms through the...
February 8, 2021
15: Video games: the best thing that ever happened to family life?
Vicki and Geraldine talk to Andy Robertson, author of Taming Gaming.Talking points:- Should parents stop worrying about the time children spend gaming?- Can parents learn to love video games?- Should games provide endless opportunities for spending?-...