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Sonia Livingstone: Children’s rights in the digital age

In advance of her 11 February public lecture on the state of children’s rights in the digital age, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses the rights at stake for children worldwide and highlights why we must embed children’s rights into the policies and practices concerning “the digital”.

Fast-developing information and communications technologies (ICTs) are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse: this […]

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    Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone looks at the findings in Ofcom’s recently published report, 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, and goes beyond the statistics presented to ask how we should interpret the prevalence of tablets in the home and changing media literacy behaviours among UK kids. 

As Ofcom releases another mammoth report charting children and parents’ media uses and attitudes in the […]

Sonia Livingstone: Digital Media and Children’s Rights

The following post was adapted from a lecture given by Sonia Livingstone at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 12 September 2014, at a United Nations Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Fast-developing ICTs are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse – already in high-income countries, fast expanding in middle-income countries, and […]

Livingstone: More Attention to Media Literacy in EU AVMS Directive

In previous iterations of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), media literacy has played a key role in prioritising  the ‘skills, knowledge and understanding that allow consumers to use media effectively and safely’. As the Commission considers the next update of the Directive, recent data from the EU Kids Online project on 9-16 year olds’ experiences of risk and safety […]

Book Review: Media Regulation: Governance and the Interests of Citizens and Consumers by Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone

In Media Regulation, Peter Lunt and Sonia Livingstone examine the challenges of regulation in the global mediated sphere. The book explores the way that regulation affects the relations between government, the media and communications market, civil society, citizens and consumers. Dr Petros Iosifidis, Reader in Media Policy in the Department of Sociology at City University, finds that the book’s elegant but rigorous […]

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    It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

The internet offers a range of advantages but also a multitude of risks for children who are using it. Two key issues in this context are the need for developing critical literacy skills as well as the lack of child-centered design in online applications. In this post, LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who is currently contributing to the UK Government’s […]

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    Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their […]

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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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    Children’s commercial media literacy: new evidence relevant to UK policy decisions regarding the GDPR

Children’s commercial media literacy: new evidence relevant to UK policy decisions regarding the GDPR

As for all EU member states, the UK has until May 2018 to incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into British law. Article 8 states that, unless member states decide otherwise, children under the age of 16 years old will require parental permission to use “information society services”, which refers to most online resources. Most provisions of the […]

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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 […]