ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Should homeless people have free mobile phones? San Francisco says “Yes!”

via PUC set to OK free phones for homeless – SFGate. Kevin Fagan, SFGate, titles “PUC set to OK free phones for homeless” and reports about a new program to give … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mobile Phones and Crime Deterrence: An Underappreciated Link by Jonathan Klick, John MacDonald, Thomas Stratmann

Abstract: Between 1991 and 2001, crime rates dropped by about a third across all crime categories. We suggest that the introduction and growth of mobile phone technology may have contributed … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cell Phone Use Is Contagious, Study Shows

The Huffington Post | By Dino Grandoni In 2011, two researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study in which they observed pairs of young people roughly between 16 … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Technology Is Muscling In On Our Sleep [Infographic]

Many of us use cell phones, computers and watch TV right before bed—but is it good for us? Take a look at the infographic below put together by TakePart, showing which generations … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Half of Teens Couldn’t Live Without Their Phone for a Week [STUDY]

by Anita Li, Teens may seem inseparable from their cellphones, but just how addicted are they? TextPlus, a free messaging app, sets out to answer that in a new … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Deutsche Welle’s trying to use Africa’s mobile-phone boom to spread news by new means » Nieman Journalism Lab

By Antonio Jiménez, The German broadcaster is using SMS and dial-to-listen radio shows to reach an audience with limited Internet access. As the fastest-growing mobile market on the planet, Africa … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Relationships vs. Cell Phones – Staying Connected in a Connected yet Disconnected World | Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Fort Washington Counseling and Therapy

by Deborah Owens, Staying Connected in a Connected yet Disconnected World As a Counselor in Chestnut Hill, I see so many couples, individuals, and families who are struggling with … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Monitor a Teen’s Cell Phone Use |

By braniac; Trust between parents and teenagers is a delicate balancing act. They want freedom; parents want safety. With cell phones now offering Internet access, text messaging and email … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

The rise of the ‘connected viewer’—half (52%) of adult cell phone owners use their phones while watching television | Pew Internet & American Life Project [STUDY]

Television’s solitary screen is being supplemented by multi-screen interactivity. Half of all adult cell owners (52%) have used their phones recently for engagement, diversion, or interaction with other people while … Continue reading

July 18, 2012 · Leave a comment
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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