Media Literacy

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 […]

Participating in UK & EU Policymaking Made Easier

The Media Policy Project unveils today the Media Policy Planner, a new website and tool offering a free and accessible way for anyone to understand and participate in the decisions politicians make about the media.
The Planner gives you an easy-to-access database of experts by subject area, event calendars, resources on important media topics, and lists of ongoing media policy […]

Media Policy and the Party Manifestos – Some Ideas

Now is the time in the political cycle when the main parties are writing their manifestos. So what could go in the media policy sections? The Media Policy Project does not have a partisan position. I here offer my personal view of some of the potential policy commitments that parties should consider. Only policies that cost nothing or that generate funds […]

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 […]