Tag Archives: families

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.

Children, families & child protection


Allegations of abuse lead to an unfolding child protection case scenario which prompts us to consider the welfare of three children and their parents’ rights.

This is one of 22 multimedia learning resources published by Scotland’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. The resources are designed for social work students and practitioners, but will also be valuable to others working with children and families. This case study by Mel Cadman & Kathryn Cameron has been designed as a focus for learning about the legal, ethical and practice issues emerging from a child protection case scenario. It consists of five short video clips with transcripts of the dialogue, and it takes about 15 minutes to watch in total.

This is an excellent resource! it is well-structured and there is much to learn from the components of this moving and realistic case study. The authors suggest that learners be asked to interpret and assess the unfolding scenario of complex needs and to consider how to respond. In an ideal world I’d have liked the authors to pose some questions of this nature and provide references to extend the learning. Link: http://content.iriss.org.uk/childprotection

Creative Commons Licence The whole package of resources appears to be downloadable as an IMS content package.

Poverty, parenting and social exclusion

This is one of sixteen elearning resources published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

This 2008 package comprises nine interactive modules by James Blewett, Anna Gupta & Jane Tunstill. They look at the key aspects of poverty, parenting and social exclusion with particular reference to children and families. The resources are designed for social work students and practitioners, but will also be valuable to others working with children and families.

Each of the nine modules is about 20-30 minutes long. They include glossaries, references, transcripts, learning records and links to extra resources. Adobe Flash Player is required on your computer.

The incorporation of simulations, quizzes, commentaries, audio and video clips makes these interactive modules very attractive, and as a teacher I found the accompanying pdf Educators Guide really useful.

Link: http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/elearning/poverty/index.asp

Use of this resource, and import of the resource into learning management systems, for educational purposes is freely permitted. A SCORM version is offered for free download and use in a virtual learning environment (VLE).