Media Literacy

Should children’s internet use be filtered? Multi-stakeholder prudishness impedes open deliberation

Around one in three European parents say that they use filtering tools for their child’s computer; one in three is worried about what or who their child may encounter on the internet. But these are not necessarily the same people – parents are more like to use filters if they are themselves regular or confident users; this suggests that […]

Committee, Government Diverging on Convergence?

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications begins taking oral evidence next Tuesday in its Inquiry on Media Convergence and its Public Policy Impact. It is a broad inquiry, attempting to take in some of the high level issues that the Communications Review and the Leveson Inquiry are unwilling, or unable, to cover. It proposes to cover very […]

Sexting: The Risks of Everyday Sexualised Communication among Children

Jessica Ringrose of the Institute of Educationof the University of London announces new findings indicating it is time to stop focusing just on the dangers of sexually explicit images and unknown predators and look at how young people are engaging in ‘sexting’ among their peers.

What is ‘sexting’? In the law and from the perspective of much mainstream media sexting […]

Children and online pornography – does the evidence justify calls for more regulation?

Sonia Livingstone, author of Media Regulation and director of the EU Kids Online network, examines the current debate over children’s access to pornography on the internet.

Findings from my EU Kids Online survey have been much quoted in the current debate over how online pornography should be regulated. But I worry about the policies that they are being used to […]

Twitter Election Polls Problematic: New LSE Research Finds

Social Digital Series: Digital by Default – Excluded by Default?

It’s time for a rethink. Policies and initiatives that take digital by default as a starting point ignore the complexity of the field they manoeuvre in. Worse, they lead to a real danger that a large part of the population will become digitally excluded by default. That should not be acceptable in a country that wants to be Europe’s information society frontrunner, […]

The Communications Green Paper: A Reform Plan for Ofcom?

Sonia Livingstone, Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks into Ofcom’s recent past to find clues about its future after the Communications Green Paper.

Just before coming to power in 2010, David Cameron attacked Ofcom as an “unaccountable bureaucracy”, leading to shock waves through the sector. Yet last January at the Oxford Media Convention, his minister Ed Vaizey […]

Social Digital Series: Can Broadband Bertie put Online Adoption at the Heart of Digital Britain?

Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor at London Business School and chairman of Which?, argues that the goal of Digital Britain should be leadership in e-commerce, as well as online adoption and public services.

Getting people online faster than in other countries should be at the heart of the Government’s long-term vision for Digital Britain.

This would build on our competitive strength as […]

Social Digital Series: We’ve got the data – now we need to work together

Helen Milner, Chief Executive at Online Centres Foundation and Managing Director at UK Online Centres, looks forward to the upcoming Social Digital Symposium hoping for collaborative gains.

In advance of the research symposium we’re hosting next week with the LSE Media Policy Project, I thought I’d take the chance to share with you my thoughts about the digital skills landscape […]

Social Digital Series: Reflecting on the State of Social Digital Behaviour in the UK

Social digital behaviour, in the form of building digital skills and improving digital literacy, has been part of the political, social and academic landscape in the UK for at least a decade. Initiatives have been set up by the government, the third sector, and commercial and other partners, with the aim of improving socio-economic well-being and creating greater equality […]