Seminar 4: University of East Anglia- The Space, Norwich

11 March 2015 

Theme: Technology for young people's wellbeing


Keynote speakers:

Personal technology: selfish and disengaged?

Dr Nicola Yuill, Children and Technology Lab, University of Sussex

One of the scare stories about technology is that it isolates young people inside individual digital bubbles, making them selfish and disengaged. This is despite the fact that humans seem born to collaborate. I will describe ways that current technology sometimes pushes towards isolation and then show how I think technology can be designed better to support social interaction, informed by our understanding of mechanisms of face to face social interaction.  I will give examples from our work with children across the autism spectrum, and typically-developing children. I will finish with some speculations about how technology influences young people‚Äôs sense of engagement with others.


Digital life story work with young people

Dr Neil Cooper and Dr Simon Hammond, University of East Anglia

Dr Hammond and Dr Cooper are interested in how young people make sense of their experiences and how digitial technologies might facitilate this process. Their research explored how the benefits of life story work, which is traditionally undertaken with younger children, can be brought to young people and adolescents utilising computers, free software, smartphones and camcorders in a range of contemporary ways. They are the authors of 'Digital Life Story Work' (2013, British Association of Adopting and Fostering).