Students take part in digital relationship study
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.