I watched it and it did indeed feel quite sensationalist. I’ve got a distant memory of Panorama as a serious news programme, but I could be wrong.
[* Update: Twitter reactions to the Panorama programme last night... *]
Like so many poorly pulled together scare-fests and documentaries a commonsense message was lurking at the end after all the ominous music and Brass Eye graphics montages: don’t let children have a computer in their bedrooms.
Anyway, by way of an antidote to another play on my fears as a parent, I found this TED video of Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, speaking about dangerous things we should let children do to encourage their development…
1. Play with fire
2. Own a pocket knife
3. Throw a spear
4. Deconstruct appliances
5. Break DRM laws
6. Driving a car