Media Literacy

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    Media and information literacy – the rich, contested alliance

Media and information literacy – the rich, contested alliance

Julian McDougall, Professor in Media and Education at Bournemouth University, reports for the Media Policy Project on recent developments in the field of media and information literacy which was discussed recently in Riga at the second European Media and Information Literacy Forum. 

In 2014, I reported from Paris for this blog on the inaugural forum of the Global Alliance for […]

Whither media literacy policy?

The LSE’s Sonia Livingstone, research director of the EU Kids Online Network and Parenting for a Digital Future (www.parenting.digital), looks at the stagnation in UK and EU media literacy policies and offers some suggestions for improvement.

The statements below are, to the best of my knowledge, the (only) two places where media literacy is officially built into regulation in […]

The WSIS+10 Lessons for Digital Development

The United Nations Commission for Science Technology and Development (CSTD) is meeting for its eighteenth session in Geneva, 4-8 May 2015 on two themes – strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda and Digital Development. Its review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes is summarized in the Ten-Year Review Report. Here, adapted from a speech […]

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    At last, an evaluation of the online social network sites kids actually use – by parents and teenagers themselves

At last, an evaluation of the online social network sites kids actually use – by parents and teenagers themselves

In a report released today the NSPCC calls for honest conversations within families about when, how and why kids engage with diverse social networking sites. The LSE’s Sonia Livingstone examines the findings and argues that it is time to ask how social networking sites can do more to increase safety and who should be responsible for offering this type […]

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    Maximising the opportunities for kids online – where are we?

Maximising the opportunities for kids online – where are we?

Professor Sonia Livingstone, project director of the EU Kids Online research project, looks at the implications of two new reports released by Ofcom last week on digital habits, arguing that there is still much to be done to improve children’s experiences online.

In commenting on Ofcom’s 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report, I argued that children are […]

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    Managing online risks to children – chasing a moving target

Managing online risks to children – chasing a moving target

The final report of EU Kids Online III, the result of a study on 33 countries, was released at the 2014 Safer Internet Forum in Brussels earlier this month. This interactive report links to all findings, methods and recommendations over the past three years, and includes a YouTube playlist with EU Kids Online researchers presenting their findings in […]

The citizen interest – still a thorny problem for Ofcom

LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and University of Leicester’s Peter Lunt, authors of Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers, look at Ofcom’s new report: Citizens and communications services and outline four ways Ofcom can meet its obligations under the 2003 Communications Act to better grasp citizens’ interests. 

Clause 3 of the 2003 Communications Act states: “It shall be the principal […]

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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 […]

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    Progress Report on Children’s Online Safety: More Risks, but also More Skills

Progress Report on Children’s Online Safety: More Risks, but also More Skills

Representatives of the Internet and technology companies that were called upon by the European Commission three years ago to take action to improve internet the safety of children online met today, 26 June, to evaluate progress. Our Sonia Livingstone shares here what she presented to them from the latest research showing that risks have increased and that, while digital skills […]

Changing the World with Media Literacy: the UNESCO Forum and Declaration

LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Bournemouth University’s Julian McDougall share some of the challenges and outcomes of the recent UNESCO Media and Information Literacy forum and question how we advocate for truly critical media literacy education in the current political environment.  Researchers, educators and a broad range of stakeholders met in Paris at the first UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) forum […]