Children and the Media

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    Education for digital citizenship is in vogue, but is it dominated by a new commercial landscape?

Education for digital citizenship is in vogue, but is it dominated by a new commercial landscape?

The impact of new technology on children and new forms of media is a constant area of concern among policy makers and educators (as well as among parents!) During US-based ‘Digital Citizenship Week’ LSE visiting fellow Ioanna Noula addresses the idea that children need education in the concept of ‘digital citizenship’ and explains how current approaches might be lacking. […]

Could ‘hide by default’ be a solution to online privacy concerns for children?

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR) is open for submissions until September 19. The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner will expect providers of online services, which process personal data and are […]

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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]

Fake news and critical literacy: new findings, new questions

The Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills recently published a report on Fake news and critical literacy. LSE PhD researcher Gianfranco Polizzi summarises the key findings of the report and sets out his recommendations in response. 

If on the one hand it is difficult to define fake news – as to whether it implies, for instance, false […]

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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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    Fake news and critical literacy in the digital age: sharing responsibility and addressing challenges

Fake news and critical literacy in the digital age: sharing responsibility and addressing challenges

How can we tackle the ongoing challenge of so-called ‘fake news’? Gianfranco Polizzi, PhD Researcher in the Department of Media at Communications at LSE, argues that we all have a responsibility to learn critical literacy to help us better to evaluate information, both on- and offline, and here sets out the responsibilities held by the different actors involved. 

Social inclusion and […]

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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    Media literacy – everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation

Media literacy – everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation

Media literacy is often cited as the solution – but to what problem? In this new blogpost for the Media Policy Project, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE and Chair of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Sonia Livingstone, provides an overview of the current debates about media literacy following a recent Westminster Media Forum seminar about fake […]

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    LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Shakuntala Banaji

LSE Experts on the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3): Dr Shakuntala Banaji

As part of a series of interviews with LSE Faculty on themes related to the Truth, Trust and Technology Commission (T3) being run by the Media Policy Project, Dr Shakuntala Banaji, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, talks to LSE MSc student Jack Marks about historical examples of ‘fake news’, media literacy, the limits of regulation and the (mis)representation of young people in […]

Age Verification for Online Pornography – no silver bullet, but a good start

Following a meeting held at LSE earlier this month about the regulation of online pornography, Dr Andy Monaghan from Middlesex University and  LSE MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo provide an update about the provisions of the Digital Economy Act that are designed to make the internet safer for children. 

A significant step has been taken to make the […]