Media Literacy

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    Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Risks to children online are increasingly problematic. Is the new internet Safety Strategy the solution?

Earlier this month, UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley outlined proposals intended to make Britain ‘the safest place in the world to be online,’ addressing ‘dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn.’ LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who was commissioned by DCMS in February to provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet and the […]

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    The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that we will launch later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age. Fake news isn’t new, […]

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    Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Digital media challenge children’s rights around the world: The case for a General Comment on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Around the globe, in the global North as well as the global South, digital media are there to stay with significant implications for child rights and children’s wellbeing online. Following the launch of their report to the Children’s Commissioner for England, in this post Amanda Third, Sonia Livingstone and Gerison Lansdown are advocating for a General Comment on children’s […]

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    Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news stories spreading on social media has been in the spotlight, and there are currently efforts underway to limit the effects of fake news stories on the upcoming general election in the UK. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, explains what critical digital literacy means and […]

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    Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

Children’s rights and the GDPR – are the new consultations creating light or further confusion?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law throughout the EU on 25 May 2018. Recent consultations from the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have sought views on, among other aspects, the implications for children and their data. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone explains some of the issues […]

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    Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media — he might be right

At a time when the media is going through a crisis of trust, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the the launch of a new newsgathering initiative called Wikitribune. Jane B. Singer, Professor of Journalism Innovation at City, University of London argues that the collaborative openness pioneered by Wikipedia could indeed work well for news. For an alternative view on the […]

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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 […]