Media Literacy

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 […]

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    EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

EC Consultation on “Rapidly Converging Audiovisual World” – Extended to 30 September

The European Commission is seeking comments from stakeholders, viewers, and internet users about the changing media landscape. The growth of the internet has made broadcasting, telecommunications, streaming video, journalism, and other media platforms more accessible, but distinctions between them are becoming blurred. This media ‘convergence’ has complicates the application of separate governance and self-regulatory policies. The Commission released a Green […]

The Case for European Level Action on Child Safety Online

In advance of publication this week of a major new EU-Funded Research Report on EU Kids Online, Project Director Professor Sonia Livingstone reviews the case for EU action. In the UK there has been considerable activity to promote child safety and empowerment online, with key achievements coordinated by the UK Council of Child Internet Safety, informed by its Evidence Group. […]

Legal & Illegal Porn: Don’t Leave Child Protection Only to Industry

The recent tragic killing of another child in the UK has reignited calls for blocking online pornography. In this context it is really important that a clear distinction is sustained between illegal content (i.e. child abuse images) and legal content (most pornography). For example, on 31 May a BBC headline referred to calls to “block more online porn sites”. This […]