URL v In Real Life: How can we use technology to connect people to the world around them?

Our Leeds Digital Festival event looked at the opposing worlds of online and real life and how the two can work together to get young people out of the screen-time bubble and experience things for real.

With research showing that, on average, prisoners spend more time outside than children, and with 77% of children in Bradford not meeting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, it’s clear that we need to do something to encourage the next generation to embrace real life and step outside.

Social networks have a lot to answer for (80% of under 12s are active on social media) but they aren’t the only screen time culprit: a world of entertainment and educational resources are available online, at the touch of a button or swipe of a screen.

We hosted a co-creation session to discuss challenges that arise in an increasingly digital world and attendees worked together to come up with creative solutions for how the online world can work with the real one (rather than against it) to benefit the next generation.Discussions included ideas to break free from the screen, how to take control of your data, and ways to incorporate digital education into schools. A huge thank you to everyone who came, contributed ideas and left some brilliant feedback:

“This is the best session I’ve attended this week. The energy and passion has lifted me.”

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