Here is some food for thought on the consequences of handling smartphones, social networks and profiling algorithms to parents who, in 99.9999% of cases, are thoroughly unable to handle them.
There is a post about children and their online presence that is great, except for a serious omission.
A while ago I asked Italian blogger Francesca Sanzo if she was interested to meet via Skype, to exchange ideas. The result was, if I may say so, interesting in a much more general way than I had imagined. For clarity, I’ve reformatted and synthesized our talks in two parts: the first presents Francesca’s background and work. The second sums up her answers on cyberbullying, which impressed me because, even if I had sent the questions weeks before, by pure chance the actual conversation took place only hours after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Background: straight from my “digital diary” vault, here is something I wrote in September 2002 (that is before smartphones, Facebook, the Internet of Things and so on), marking it with the following tagline: “there has never been so muchcommunication technology as today, yet as little communication among people“
(historical note: this short interview had been asked by a parenting blog, and should have been published there, to explain why all parents should work to protect their children Digital Freedom. Then that editor changed his mind, so I put it online myself, in March 2008, at digifreedom.net. In the following years, I reorganized my websites several times… until this piece went offline. I put it back at this new URL, with (almost) all the links updated, in February 2014)