Children and the Media

The Limits of Parental Consent in an Algorithmic World

Data protection reform is set to take place throughout the European Union when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law in May 2018. Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, discusses questions around the age of consent for data collection and processing, and its implications for teenagers and their parents.

Fundamentally, the General Data Protection […]

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    Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

Wanted: evidence base to underpin a children’s rights-based implementation of the GDPR

On 14 October 2016 a group of experts from various backgrounds joined a round table organised by LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University, in order to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children and young […]

Decoding the GDPR and its implications for UK children

On 14 October 2016 the Media Policy Project hosted a round-table meeting at the LSE to discuss the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on children. Pascal Crowe, postgraduate student at the LSE, attended the meeting and produced a report detailing the discussion.

The GDPR, which comes into effect in 2018, will have far reaching implications on children’s use […]

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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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    To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To discuss the issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation’s provision that under 16 year-olds will need parental consent before accessing social media or other online services, the LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University met in a round […]

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    Liberalisation of advertising & product placement rules in the AVMSD: a step too far?

Liberalisation of advertising & product placement rules in the AVMSD: a step too far?

Rachael Craufurd Smith, Reader in Media Law at University of Edinburgh, assesses the proposal made by the European Commission and response from the CULT Committee regarding the liberalisation of advertising and product placement rules.

In May 2016 the European Commission put forward a legislative proposal that would significantly liberalise the advertising and product placement rules in the Audiovisual Media Services […]

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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.

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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 […]

An international approach to the protection of minors

Following a special workshop convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’, Madeleine de Cock Buning – Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA), President of the Dutch Media Authority and Professor of Media, Communication & Copyright Law at Utrecht University in the Netherlands – reflects on proposals by […]