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    It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

It’s time to anticipate child rights issues in designing online services and policies for their use

The internet offers a range of advantages but also a multitude of risks for children who are using it. Two key issues in this context are the need for developing critical literacy skills as well as the lack of child-centered design in online applications. In this post, LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, who is currently contributing to the UK Government’s […]

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    Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

Where are the age restrictions on children’s use of Instagram?

The UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley has just announced a new Internet Safety Strategy to crack down on risks to children such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online trolls. One way that tech companies claim to protect children is through setting age limits – usually 13 years old – for the use of their […]

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    The EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The EU Must Ensure Data Protection & Digital Marketing Safeguards for both Children & Adolescents (and that includes you too, UK!)

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will, among efforts to tackle how to best safeguard children’s data, require parental consent for young people under the age of 16 who use digital services such as social media. Jeff Chester, executive director of the US-based Center for Digital Democracy, played a lead role establishing COPPA, including spearheading its 2012 update by […]

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    Risks and opportunities for young people online: a teenager’s perspective of the GDPR

Risks and opportunities for young people online: a teenager’s perspective of the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to become law across the European Union in May 2018. As we have seen, a range of provisions within the GDPR are of particular importance to children and teenagers and their rights to participation and protection, including the proposal that under 16 year-olds should require parental consent to register for social […]

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    Is parental consent the way forward, or is the GDPR the end of young people’s freedom to roam digitally?

Is parental consent the way forward, or is the GDPR the end of young people’s freedom to roam digitally?

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to become law in May 2018, contains several provisions highly relevant to children and young people. Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone, argues here that we need to consider the challenges posed to parents by proposals to require parental consent for children under 16 to use online services.

Throughout this blog series, we […]

The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” In this post, Orla Lynskey, Assistant Professor of Law […]

What will the UK election mean for online privacy?

Online privacy and the implications for data security are under intense discussion, particularly following the UK’s third terrorist attack in recent months, which led Prime Minister Theresa May to reiterate her call for more regulation of online spaces. In advance of Thursday’s general election, Vladlena Benson, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University, looks at what […]

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    Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Tackling fake news: towards a new approach to digital literacy

Since November’s US presidential election, the issue of fake news stories spreading on social media has been in the spotlight, and there are currently efforts underway to limit the effects of fake news stories on the upcoming general election in the UK. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, explains what critical digital literacy means and […]

An updated UNCRC for the digital age

Child rights academic Sonia Livingstone has “edited” the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to reflect the digital world in which we live in today. The Convention was adopted in 1989, and since then the internet has become an integral part of children’s lives in ways which Sonia argues should be reflected in today’s interpretation […]

When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

Rules around data collection are undergoing reform in the UK with the Digital Economy Bill and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to become law in May 2018. Here Joanna Adler, Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of Forensic Psychological Services at Middlesex University, writes about the growing ‘internet of things’ and implications for privacy and media literacy, […]