Stu­dents take part in dig­i­tal re­la­tion­ship study

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

STU­DENTS from All Hal­lows and King’s Girls Di­vi­sion took part in a de­bate about on­line friend­ships.

The stu­dents who took part in Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity’s Ex­plor­ing Dig­i­tal Re­la­tion­ships de­bate were equipped with smart­phones and iPads to anony­mously sub­mit their ex­pe­ri­ences and opin­ions as part of univer­sity re­search.

Cathy Urquhart, Pro­fes­sor of Dig­i­tal and Sus­tain­able En­ter­prise at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity and the de­bate leader, said: “I want to thank ev­ery­one who at­tended our in­spi­ra­tional event on dig­i­tal friend­ship.

“We had a fan­tas­tic in­ter­ac­tive dis­cus­sion on the na­ture of dig­i­tal friend­ship.”

She added: “We used a vot­ing soft­ware with the 57 school stu­dents to al­low them to anony­mously share con­cerns about ev­ery­thing from cy­ber­bul­ly­ing to opin­ions about tremen­dous sup­port they get from on­line friends. We dis­cussed self­ies, self-worth, and the crit­i­cal is­sue of what to share on­line.”

The event had a panel of speak­ers that in­cluded Dr Jenny Cole, se­nior lec­turer in psy­chol­ogy, who spoke about the cur­rent re­search into the psy­chol­ogy of on­line re­la­tion­ships. Dr Bex Lewis, se­nior lec­turer in Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing at the univer­sity and the au­thor of Rais­ing Chil­dren in a Dig­i­tal Age, also of­fered ad­vice on stay­ing safe on­line.

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