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    Confidence gap? The impact of gender, class and age on adults’ digital literacy

Confidence gap? The impact of gender, class and age on adults’ digital literacy

Gendered life patterns and socialisation may negatively affect women’s confidence in using digital technology – particularly older women with lower socio-economic status. These are some of the findings from two reports carried out by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, and the Good Things Foundation, into digital inclusion and literacy. In this post Kate Gilchrist asks what this means for how parents and […]

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    Critical digital literacy: Ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Critical digital literacy: Ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Misinformation and distrust are the characteristics of our time and make the question of how to promote critical digital literacy particularly important. Here, Gianfranco Polizzi suggests ten texts that offer a framework for thinking about how to approach it. Gianfranco is a PhD researcher at the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. Employing a mixed qualitative methodology, his PhD looks at the intersection of […]

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    Tackling fake news: Towards a new approach to digital literacy

Tackling fake news: Towards a new approach to digital literacy

Yesterday commenced the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week (MIL) which celebrates the goal of ‘MIL for all’. In the efforts towards this goal, we are discussing the issue of fake news stories, which have been a topic of discussion since the 2016 US Presidential election. In this post, Gianfranco Polizzi explains what critical digital literacy means and the role it could play in […]

The Blue Whale game paradox, digital literacy and fake news

Last week there were a number of news reports about the harmful effects of social media on the mental health of teens and young people. Responding to this, we are publishing two posts this week that address the topic. The first post was about young people encountering inappropriate content online. This second post by Gianfranco Polizzi looks at the Blue […]

Parenting for a Digital Future December 2018 roundup

As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at our recent posts and ahead to what’s new for 2019. [Header image credit: C. Sunter, CC BY-ND 2.0.jpg]

Children’s privacy and data online 

Post-GDPR and post-Cambridge Analytica, privacy remained a major topic for discussion, from children’s data that we willingly post on social media when ‘sharenting’, to that which […]

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    Beyond the Silicon Valley: IT professionals worry about their children’s digital future

Beyond the Silicon Valley: IT professionals worry about their children’s digital future

In a study of UK IT professionals about children’s use of digital technology, many spoke of their fears surrounding safety and screen time but also of a need to improve not only children’s technical skills but their emotional digital literacy. This post is co-written by Adi Kuntsman, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-lead of the Digital Disengagement […]

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    The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a dimension of all teaching.

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    Young children and the use of digital technology across Europe

Young children and the use of digital technology across Europe

Children are often more digitally skilled than parents realise and learn both from observing other family members and from developing their own strategies. Yet parental attitudes still deeply influence children’s levels of digital literacy and parents tend to have a more positive view of digital technology if schools meaningfully integrate such technologies into children’s learning. These are some of […]

Six myths about children in the digital age

Today Sonia Livingstone is presenting on the panel at the Digital Families 2018 conference discussing the future for young people online – risks, opportunities and resilience. In this post Sonia talks about some of the myths about children in a digital age. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics […]

The importance of video game literacy for healthy parenting

Many children enjoy playing video games, yet they offer distinct challenges and opportunities arising from their ability to tell stories, invite participation, create imaginary worlds and connect players. Andy Robertson outlines how parents, by taking a more holistic approach, can develop their own video game literacy and guide their children towards a healthy video game experience. Andy is a freelance journalist specialising in video games for […]