Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Work in Progress
Social Issues Research center recently coined the term "riskfactorphobia" to describe how health scares has lead worried parents to use extreme risk management to protect their children from possible harm.
Socialogists and paediatricians warn of the risk of overprotecting our offspring claiming that it impedes on children's development producing a whole new generation of children called cottonwool kids. Experts fear that overprotection of children may lead to them becoming incapable of dealing with even thee smallest obstacles later in life.
My project is about looking at the domestic environment investigating wheter preventing children from taking risks is the best way on protecting them.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Monday, 5 January 2009
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Riskfactorphobia & Hygiene
I started my crisis research by looking into something called "riskfactorphobia" which is a term used to explain psychological effects of health scares, where people become hyper-sensitive to such scares and overreact. SIRC warned that "riskfactorphobia" was set to become a major public health problem, citing the MMR vaccination crisis as a prime example.
According to the "Hygiene Hypothesis" early exposure to dirt, germs and dust can help prevent the development of allergies later in life. Being too clean could be making us ill.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
To start off the crisis project we were asked to think of a 'mini crisis'.
My mini crisis was about sending an sms to the wrong person.I decided to make an emergency break for wrongly sent sms.
"39% of all documented technological blunders are sms sent to the wrong person"(www.silicon.com).
"A quick battery pull might be the only way of stopping a pending sms" (www.crackberry.com).