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    When parents choose ‘screen time’ – Real lives behind the new AAP guidelines

When parents choose ‘screen time’ – Real lives behind the new AAP guidelines

Alicia Blum-Ross discusses how the newly revised ‘screen time’ recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are actively trying to address the diversity of parents, but the conversation around ‘screen time’ still lacks counterbalance to the negative messages parents often receive about digital media. She argues that research findings from the Parenting for a Digital Future project tell a more nuanced story of digital […]

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    New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics

New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its stance on screen time. Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at the new recommendations and their evidence base. She argues that while the new guidelines fit better with the current circumstances of family lives, the AAP faces a dilemma: there isn’t yet a robust body of research on the effects of digital media on children, yet […]

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    The content and context of screen use is more important than the amount of screen time

The content and context of screen use is more important than the amount of screen time

Following a workshop organised by the Media Policy Project about families and ‘screen time’, Mark Griffiths, a Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University, explores this concept in the context of his research into online gaming, arguing that amount of time children spend looking at screens is less important than the content and context of screen use. This blog coincides […]

EVENT: Workshop on Families and ‘Screen Time’: challenges of media self-regulation

Date & time: Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 13:00 – 17:00

Venue: The BOX, 5th Floor, LSE Tower 3, Clements Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ

This half-day workshop brought together researchers, policy-makers, industry and parenting organisations to discuss emerging research and current policy developments relating to digital media use and technology management in families with children aged 0-17. The aim of this workshop was to rethink […]

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    ‘Screen time’ advice for a new generation of ‘digital’ parents

‘Screen time’ advice for a new generation of ‘digital’ parents

Following the recent publication by the Media Policy Project of their policy brief about families and ‘screen time’, LSE’s Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone here reflect on some of the findings of their recent research, arguing that rather than chastising parents for allowing their children to spend too much time looking at screens, we should find ways to harness the benefits of digital […]

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    What and how should parents be advised about ‘screen time’?

What and how should parents be advised about ‘screen time’?

Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, from the LSE Department of Media and Communications and the Preparing for a Digital Future research project, explore current attitudes and advice to parents in relation to children and ‘screen time’ and asks whether it is still fit for purpose in today’s world. This blog coincides with a new Media Policy Project policy brief on the subject, authored by Alicia Blum-Ross […]

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    The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, examines the challenges facing parents in how to determine what degree of screen time is harmful or beneficial for their children. This blog coincides with a new Media Policy Project policy brief on the subject, authored by LSE’s Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone.

It is stating the obvious I know, but screen time […]

Free to retransmit: time for a new model for PSB content?

What should the relationship be between public service broadcasters (PSBs) and distribution platforms such as Sky, and how can the existing model of sharing content best be reformed? In this post, Tom Evens, Senior Researcher at Ghent University and Visiting Fellow at LSE, reflects on the 2015 consultation paper issued by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 

In March 2015, the […]

The Future of the BBC: the Burning Issue of Diversity Behind & on Screen

Some heated discussions in the UK Parliament’s ongoing Inquiry into the Future of the BBC have highlighted the continued problem the broadcaster has with representing the country’s minority groups. LSE’s Shakuntala Banaji and Myria Georgiou argue that the problem is not just an issue of training individuals, but needs to be considered in the context of prejudice in society and structural barriers. […]

Re-thinking Transparency in Times of Social Media

Veronica Donoso and Ellen Wauters, of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) share a summary of some of their recommendations for improving terms of service on social networking sites from their recently published report.  You can read the full report on the EMSOC website. Citizens need to know what their rights and obligations on social media platforms are and this can only […]