Media Literacy

Safer Internet Day: Evidence-Based Trends for the Future

Sonia Livingstone originally delivered these remarks on a panel chaired by European Commission Director-General, Robert Madelin, at a Safer Internet Day event in Brussels. Despite the efforts of Better Internet for Kids and others, the newly released findings in Net Children Go Mobile show that compared with EU Kids Online findings a few years ago, the incidence of online risks is […]

Two New Reports on Children’s Safety Online

Dr Leslie Haddon, senior researcher and visiting lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, announces new research on children’s internet usage and its risks. Safer Internet Day sees the combined efforts of educators, industry and child welfare experts to call for a better internet for kids worldwide. To ensure this effort is evidence-based, LSE researchers published two new […]

This Month in US Defamation Law: What’s Courtney Love Got To Do With It?

Our own Jessica Mason looks at recent developments in online defamation and argues that strong protections are still necessary for third parties sites in order to promote free expression on the Web, but the law must implement higher standards for defamation cases to meet before moving forward. This month, Courtney Love made history as the first defendant to go to […]

Media Literacy in 2014: Forthcoming Research and Call to Action

In 2013, research and policy continued to tackle issues around engagement, participation and digital inclusion. Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde is a PhD candidate at LSE and a researcher on ‘The Class,’ a project that examines the emerging mix of on- and offline experiences in teenagers’ daily learning. In this post, she looks at the growing interest from various stakeholders in Europe to […]

Farewell to a Year of Friction & Happy Holiday Wishes to All

With best wishes for the new year from Damian Tambini and Sally Broughton Micova and the rest of the LSE Media Policy Project team.    

The past year has been a busy one for the LSE Media Policy Project and a contentious one in media policy. We covered the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, which has […]

Media and Information Education in the UK: Recommendations to the European Union

Improved media literacy is often touted in policy circles as a key to successful digital transition. But new research suggests that the UK’s early progress in media literacy has stalled. Giving a preview of an extensive audit of UK media literacy due to be published next year, the University of Bournemouth’s Julian McDougall argues that the UK is lagging behind in funding, training and […]

Concerted Action: New Media Literacy Report Outlines Research & Policy Agenda

The Oxford Internet Institute’s Monica Bulger shares the findings from a new report on media literacy policy and research in Europe and explains that the increasing importance of media literacy in today’s world is an opportunity as well as an obstacle. The recent Twitter and Internet hoaxes highlight the importance of critically approaching media messages, especially as indicators of information […]

The Latest on Children’s Media Literacy: New Trend Policymakers & Parents must Watch

Ofcom just published its 2013 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report. As usual this is a wealth of information on how children are using the internet, their attitudes towards it, and their understanding of how it works and what the risks to them online might be. The data shows a decline in skills associated with online safety and […]

Online Risks for Younger Children Increase with Spread of Smartphones and Tablets

In our latest EU Kids Online Report we demonstrate that across Europe, clear parental guidelines are necessary to protect very young children from the risks of internet use as toddlers and pre-school aged children gain greater access to tablets and smartphones.. This warning comes with recommendations for a number of measures to ensure children under eight years of age can […]