Media Literacy

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 […]

Media Literacy Update: What’s Changed and Why?

By Yin-Han Wang and Sonia Livingstone

On 23 April Ofcom published its 2013 Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report. The report reveals some – but only some – grounds for optimism in media literacy compared with our recent assessment based on Ofcom surveys from 2005 to 2011. And it raises some pressing questions about how media literacy can be further […]

April 29th, 2013|Media Literacy|0 Comments|

A Better Internet for UK Children?

On 2nd May 2012, the European Commission established the first European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, in a Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. One year on, the Department of Media, Culture and Sport has written to members of the UK […]

Consumer policy in telecoms: how far can market transparency take us?

The increasing convergence of services, devices and content leads to a more complex digital market that affects both consumers and telecom providers. In this post, Claire Milne focuses on ideas about consumers and market transparency in the current telecom sector. Based on recent consumer reports and consultations, the author suggests that the increasing complexity in the telecoms market has led to […]

National Curriculum Needs more Attention to Digital Skills

A consultation is currently underway on England’s National Curriculum and LSE’s Sonia Livingstone has looked at the proposed framework and found it severely lacks appropriate coverage of digital skills. She argues that it also mistakenly continues to treat them solely as technological, disregarding important social aspects of online communication.

The consultation framework document for England’s National Curriculum admirable includes among […]