Readings

Create in Me a Clean Heart

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

This letter is a formal statement that addresses the many harmful effects of pornography use and offers a word of hope and healing for all the men, women, young people and children who have been negatively affected by pornography.

It provides also an Appendix with resources and contacts for people looking for help.

Number of pages: 
28
Year of publication: 
2015
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Online and Offline Pornography Consumption in Colombian Adolescents

Reynaldo Rivera, David Santos, Victoria Cabrera and María-Carmen Docal

We present the following article based on the study of the responses of more than 9,000 teenagers interviewed by InterMedia Social Innovation and the University of La Sabana a year ago, which will also be published in the magazine Comunicar. In this article the authors show how the teenagers' lifestyle can influence pornography consumption, both online and offline. According to the results of this investigation, those teens with a positive family environment, where dialogue with parents and joint decision making is possible, consume smaller amounts of pornography.

Number of pages: 
12
Year of publication: 
2015
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Letter on Smart Phones

Alvaro J. de Vicente

A reflection from the headmaster of the Heights primary school for boys in Maryland, USA, on the issue of the prevalence of smart phones among young people and in society in general.

Number of pages: 
2
Year of publication: 
2014
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Calming parental anxiety while empowering our digital youth

Family Online Safety Institute

A study that highlights the importance of recognising the power of the new forms of social media and the consequent responsibility that its users acquire.

Number of pages: 
7
Year of publication: 
2012
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The risks faced by adolescents on the Internet

Beatriz Catalina García | María Cruz López de Ayala López | Antonio García Jiménez

A study published in the Latin Journal of Social Communication.
"Young people’s high confidence coexists with a high involuntary exposure to inappropriate online content (pornography, violence, promotion of alcohol and drugs consumption, and eating disorders), along with the normalisation of various forms of cyberbullying. The results confirm that there is a significant percentage of adolescents that admit spending excessive time on the Internet and being addicted to certain Internet services."

Number of pages: 
24
Year of publication: 
2014
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Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent

Nick Bilton

An interesting article published in the New York Times about the digital habits of Steve Jobs' family.
“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Number of pages: 
4
Year of publication: 
2014
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The psychology of social media

Interview with Sherry Turkle

This interview with psychologist and author Sherry Turkle, carried out by Yolanda Wikiel of Real Simple, explores our complicated relationship with social media.

Number of pages: 
2
Year of publication: 
2013
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Speech by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron

In 2013, the British Prime Minister David Cameron decided to install a categorisation of content across the entire Internet network in England, in order to protect children from being exposed to pornography at early ages and also from becoming victims of online paedophiles.

In this speech to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, he explains the reasons for taking this step despite the criticism he has received.

Number of pages: 
7
Year of publication: 
2013
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10 Commandments of technology and children

Andy Blanks

A decalogue of interesting ideas that can be introduced at home, especially if parents want to promote healthy lifestyles for their children and look after their spiritual well-being.

Number of pages: 
3
Year of publication: 
2013
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"The Australian" speaks about the Safe Social Media project

Angela Shanahan

This opinion article from Angela Shanahan for the newspaper ‘The Australian’ expresses her confusion about how young people spend their time on social media.
The author of the article uses statistics from InterMedia studies to describe the current situation for young people. Shanahan supports Reynaldo Rivera's proposal “for positive monitoring by parents, which means dialogue with children, understanding the online world, developing one's skills and, particularly, teaching by doing".

Number of pages: 
2
Year of publication: 
2013
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The Flight From Conversation

Sherry Turkle

This extract from the book "Alone Together", by Sherry Turkle, examines modern society's attitude towards digital friendships. We live in a world of technology where it is considered best to be constantly connected. And yet we are just sacrificing human relationships by prioritising "connections" instead of "conversations".
We can correct this situation by putting aside special spaces designed for real human relationships, in order to promote conversation.

Number of pages: 
4
Year of publication: 
2012
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We're creating the culture of distraction

Joe Kraus

The transcript of the "Slow Tech" talk that Joe Kraus gave in 2012. It reveals how and why we are promoting a culture of distraction where it is more important to avoid inactivity than to pause and reflect, and where a phone message is more important than the person with whom we are supposed to be talking.

Besides the attention crisis, it also deals with the importance of the human relationships that we are neglecting. It also offers a solution.

Number of pages: 
8
Year of publication: 
2012
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Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

Message from Pope Benedict XVI for the 45th World Communications Day

A message from Pope Benedict which reflects on the impact of the internet on communications and its role in the wider transformation of society. He recognises the immense potential of the internet for good, as well as the various problems it creates, by urging Christians to take part in the digital world in an authentic and faithful way.

Number of pages: 
2
Year of publication: 
2011
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