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Online Safety Report Brings Quality Attention to Child Protection

It was a surprise to many of us interested in children’s online safety when a consultation from Parliament’s Culture Media and Sport Committee was announced last autumn, so it is good now to discover that many organisations responded – including EU Kids Online. Even better to discover that a robust and clear report has now resulted in the form of […]

Legal & Illegal Porn: Don’t Leave Child Protection Only to Industry

The recent tragic killing of another child in the UK has reignited calls for blocking online pornography. In this context it is really important that a clear distinction is sustained between illegal content (i.e. child abuse images) and legal content (most pornography). For example, on 31 May a BBC headline referred to calls to “block more online porn sites”. This […]

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    What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their […]

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    More clarity brings more confusion: debating what the European General Data Protection Regulation means for children in the UK

More clarity brings more confusion: debating what the European General Data Protection Regulation means for children in the UK

Professor Sonia Livingstone and LSE MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo reflect on the discussions surrounding the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it will mean for children.

 

For some policy areas, it seems that the closer you look, the more confusion results. So it seems with the General Data Protection Regulation, coming into force in May […]

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    Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Children’s privacy rights are prominent in the Data Protection Bill but there’s many a slip…

Last week, the UK government announced its plans for a new Data Protection Bill that would give people “more control over their personal data” and enable them to be be “better protected in the digital age.” LSE’s Sonia Livingstone looks the implications of the Bill for child rights and highlights areas that might need more work. 

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    Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

Online challenges to children’s privacy, protection and participation: what can we expect from the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation, which will apply throughout the EU (including the UK) from 25 May 2018, contains provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone has been leading an effort by experts to explore the implications of the regulation and highlight issues that policy makers should address.

In the digital age, how […]

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    The EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will, among efforts to tackle how to best safeguard children’s data, require parental consent for young people under the age of 16 who use digital services such as social media. Jeff Chester, executive director of the US-based Center for Digital Democracy, played a lead role establishing COPPA, including spearheading its 2012 update by […]

The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children

Professor Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Dean of the Graduate Research School at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and co-author of  the recently-published report The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map: Implementing the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in European Member States. This blog for the Media Policy Project provides a comprehensive survey of […]

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    In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next month, and proposes that companies should gain parental consent before processing the personal data of children under a certain age. But what do parents think that age should be? In this blogpost, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri present the findings from a new UK study of parents […]

Making the internet a safer (and better) place for children

The internet has quickly become a necessity rather than a luxury in children’s lives. Parents, educators and governments are struggling to keep up with the risks and opportunities it brings. Sonia Livingstone takes a critical look at the plans for an Internet Safety Strategy. She argues that digital literacy needs to be taught in a way that extends far beyond the […]