Children and the Media

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    Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

In July 2015, the European Commission published the Better Internet for Kids benchmarking tool (the BIK map). Elisabeth Staksrud and Dag Grytli, from the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Oslo, present the most important findings of the new report and explain why the EU Kids Online survey stands out from other related research tools, ahead of The Safer Internet Forum taking place […]

Our top 10 blog posts so far this year

As you prepare to embark on (or return from) summer holidays, why not take a look at our most read blog posts so far this year? Here are some of the Media Policy Project Blog’s highlights from January to June 2015, covering children’s rights and digital safety, the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive and Digital Single Market Strategy, privacy […]

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    BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

BBC Charter Green Paper: Where will Children’s TV be in 10 years’ time?

Responding to the Green Paper on the BBC Charter Review presented yesterday by the government, University of Westminster’s Jeanette Steemers points out that this announcement is an opportunity to make sure the BBC meets the needs of the UK’s children.

We are frequently told that children’s programming sits at the ‘heart of the BBC’s remit’ (see PACT submission to BBC Trust Public Value […]

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    Policy on children and the internet: after 20 years of research, is this still an evidence-free zone?

Policy on children and the internet: after 20 years of research, is this still an evidence-free zone?

Professor Sonia Livingstone proposes using short surveys of children across the globe based on well-tested models to get more evidence before policy makers set about changing policies aimed at protecting children online. She sets out 7 key questions.

Since the birth of the Web, hopes and fears for the digital age have been strongly focused on the education and protection […]

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    Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

LSE MSc student Alexandra Chernyavskaya reflects on the need for more evidence-based policymaking when considering children’s rights on the internet.

An important issue highlighted by those who argue for better provision for children’s rights online is that the internet is blind to the age of its users, which results in children being treated in the same manner as adult users. […]

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    GE2015: What’s to be done about online pornography and kids?

GE2015: What’s to be done about online pornography and kids?

Ahead of the UK general election on Thursday, Professor Sonia Livingstone, whose work includes the EU Kids Online project and Parenting for a digital future, looks at the major parties’ manifesto promises regarding children’s exposure to online pornography.

The Conservative party promises to force hardcore pornography sites to implement age-verification and age-restrictions for all users, to keep kids out. […]

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    Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders

Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders

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The generation of children born […]

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    No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

LSE Media Policy Project researcher Jessica Mason discusses recent research on “youth-produced sexual content online” from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Microsoft.

Yesterday the IWF released the results of a new qualitative study in which they proactively searched, over a three month period, for sexually explicit video and image content depicting young people. They exclusively looked for content that […]

The limits to children’s use of smartphones

LSE’s Leslie Haddon looks at the findings from the final Net Children Go Mobile report, noting that some of the hype and panic about kids’ constant connectivity through mobile devices might be unwarranted. 

Children’s increasing access to smartphones at ever younger ages is generating speculation about what this constant connectivity means for a new generation. However, concerns about its implications prompted […]

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 […]