This new book from Dr Bex Lewis promises to offer excellent advice to parents as they help negotiate the digital world that their children live in. Helping us to “enjoy the best and avoid the worst’, Bex’s book promises to be a fresh, sensible guide to anyone wondering how to help their children connect well with the internet and beyond.
I have met Bex several times and she has advised us here at the diocese more than once on good engagement with social media etc. She speaks each year at Greenbelt and other major Christian festivals. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy!
Bex Lewis is the Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning for CODEC, ST Johns, Durham, and the founder of Digital Fingerprint. She has wide ranging interests and expertise, having taught in HE since 1998, in the subject areas of History, Media Studies, Design for Digital Media, American Studies, Film Studies and Journalism Bex is a social media ‘resident’, and has developed a strong Community of Practice through a combination of social media and conference/workshop attendance. Her diverse background as a lecturer across a range of disciplines has helped her to understand the range of responses to technology among colleagues, and to have credibility as an education developer in this exponentially growing field.
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For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. Matthew 5:13-16 calls us to be salt and light in the world, and for thousands in the ‘digital age’, that world includes social networks such Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. With literally billions in the digital spaces, the online social spaces presented by churches need to be appealing, welcoming, and not look like they are just an afterthought: they are now effectively the ‘front door’ to your church for digital users, and you ignore those spaces at your peril.
Read more of Bex Lewis’s brilliant article here
A paper on digital communication, the church and mission has been published on the Church Research Programme web page. Well worth a read.