Feeds

Jacqui Smith pulls in another TV psych in violence probe

It's all the media's parents' society's fault

Security for virtualized datacentres

Jacqui Smith has beefed up the government's roster of TV psychologists advising politicians on society (or Paps) with the recruitment of Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a longtime provider of academic heft to the likes of GMTV and BBC 3.

Papadopoulos has been drafted into a Home Office Consultation entitled "Together We Can End Violence Against Women And Girls".

The consultation, which is being carried out largely online, aims to develop "a model for addressing the issue across government, focusing attention on prevention, provision and protection" and "the key themes for government action, which we will use to drive public debate and discussion on what more we could do".

As part of this, the Home Office will tackle "attitudes that may uphold it (violence against women) in order to help women and girls feel safe, and includes a review into police powers for dealing with serial perpetrators of domestic violence and a review of the sexualisation of teenage girls."

To that end, Jacqui braved the chilly wastes of Birmingham on Thursday to get on the consultation's roadshow bus as it hits the West Midlands.

Papadopoulos also dropped in, declaring "We need to understand what impact the prevalence of sexualised images has on young people, especially what impact it has on their self-esteem and their behaviour." She'll be talking to "young people, parents and the media" as part of this.

"We also need to understand whether there is a link between exposure to these images and boys’ expectations about acceptable sexual behaviour, and to violence."

Without prejudging too much, the internet is likely to catch some flak somewhere along the way.

Still, it's all good stuff. Papadopoulos' CV shows she knows what she's talking about.

The self-described Dr Linda's website CV mentions her role as resident psychologist at Cosmopolitan, and stints on GMTV, The Wright Stuff, Newsround and LK Today.

She was also a contributor to the BBC's My Big Breasts and Me, a documentary "which unearths the traumatic, poignant and true stories about what it's really like to be a young woman with enormous breasts in Britain today".

Papadopoulos joins that other cross-over psych, Dr Tanya Byron, who advised the government how to counter internet threats to the nation's youth. Byron's recommendations - including not to wrap children in cotton wool - resulted in the Council for Child Internet Safety, membership of which includes Google and Yahoo!. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.