Media Literacy

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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 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 […]