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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 […]

Bringing Media Literacy into Education and Policy

Today and tomorrow, the first European Media and Information Literacy Forum will be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris bringing together NGOs, media professionals, educators, and other stakeholders. Eva Lievens and Verónica Donoso, researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT at KU Leuven, propose two key considerations for new methods of integrating media literacy into existing educational frameworks, and the policymakers’ […]

Baseless Moral Panic: Parents should ask why kids use Internet, not blame It

Reacting to a story that appeared in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper and the Mail Online last week, LSE PhD Candidate and internet use researcher Daniel Kardefelt-Winther argues there is no evidence of a causal link between internet use and lower mental well-being; warns that such stories can keep parents from looking instead for why children may be turning to the […]

UK ISPs Launch Internet Matters Filters & Resources for Parents; Will they Use it?

On 13 May, four of the UKs biggest internet service providers (ISPs) announced the launch of InternetMatters.org aimed at helping parents protect their children online. Our Sonia Livingstone, also leader of the EUKids Online project, draws on evidence from her research to lay out what she sees are the most pressing issues the initiative and these ISPs. The launch of […]