Category Archives: Podcast

200 free childcare & youth podcasts

 Load up your mp3 player or phone with some of these podcasts for those long journeys. The top five podcasters below are easy to use; each allows you to download individual episodes or subscribe via iTunes, and most organise episodes within categories.

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(1) The monthly Social Work Podcast is hosted by  Jonathan Stringer. About 1-in-5 are about children & youth topics, and there is an archive of 87 episodes available, each between 30 mins – 1 hour long. Although the intended audience is social workers, these are equally useful to anyone in a helping profession, including psychology, nursing, psychiatry, counselling and education. With each podcast being accompanied by a transcript, references and citation, they are particularly valuable to students.
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(2) Another monthly is the National CASA Podcast aimed at CASA’s volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the USA. There is an archive of 93 episodes dating back to 2008, each about 10-30 mins long.

insocialwork_banner2(3) The inSocialWork Podcast Series by University at Buffalo, New York broadcasts fortnightly, with each episode being between 20-40 mins long. There is an archive of 123 episodes in total, of which about 1-in-6  are about children & youth topics.  Many of these podcasts are accompanied by reviews, often by students.
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(4) The Inclusion Matters’ series by the Center for Inclusive Child Care, Concordia University in Minnesota. These are broadcast approximately monthly, with an archive of 59 episodes. As these are typically only 10 mins long, they are particularly quick to download.

(5) Prevent Child Abuse, New Jersey. Sadly not updated since 2011, but their archive of 33 episodes is still available, each about 10-30 mins long.

Finally, you might wonder why UNICEF is not included above? UNICEF’s global radio service reports on the health, education, equality and protection of children around the world. 300 episodes have been broadcast since 2007, but currently they are only available via iTunes – an arrangement that excludes many potential listeners and consequently cannot be recommended.

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Bringing Up Britain: Raising ‘digital kids’

Mariella Frostrup returns with a new series of the radio programme that explores the complex realities of parenting in today’s Britain.
In the first programme, she is joined by a panel of experts and commentators to discuss raising ‘digital kids’. Can tablet games really help nurture or educate the under-fives? Should older primary school-age children engage with age-appropriate social networking sites as a form of ‘training’ – or should they be protected from the online world, however safely controlled, until much later?

This new 45-minute debate will be broadcast at 20:00 on Wed 19 Sep 2012 by BBC Radio 4.

12 previous episodes of Bringing Up Britain are still available on BBC iPlayer, including an episode from 2009 exploring step-parenting and ‘blended families’,  and one from 2011 entitled ‘Feral Kids and Feckless Parents‘, which asks how parents can keep control of their kids.
Bringing Up Britain has often been really good, with an excellent range of guests participating in the debates, so it is disappointing that the BBC restricts the programme’s potential audience by archiving previous episodes in the BBC iPlayer rather than releasing them in the more widespread mp3 podcast format.

Childhood Obesity

As childhood obesity becomes more common, some experts are asking whether severely overweight children should be removed from their parents. Social workers, family lawyers and health workers tell reporter Helen Grady about cases where obesity has been a significant factor prompting local authorities to step in and take children into care.
In this 30 minute long audio podcast, Helen Grady asks what the state can do to stop obese children becoming super-size adults and what’s stopping social workers from taking more of these children into care.
This podcast is an episode of Radio 4’s The Report documentary series which was broadcast by the BBC on 16 Aug 2012. The podcast is well-suited for listening to on an iPod or mobile phone.

Podcast link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/r4report. The podcast can be downloaded and kept as a 13Mb mp3, and the BBC say it will be available indefinitely. BBC podcasts can be shared within the classroom or lecture theatre for educational purposes. © All rights reserved by the BBC.