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Learning resilience online through Minecraft

Children learn through experience and feedback. Paulina Haduong explores how we can support young people in learning how to productively engage in dialogue and operate as courteous digital citizens. She looks at one particular online community, Connected Camps, that offers a more positive experience for young people and takes into account users’ youth and desire to learn. Paulina is a PhD student at Harvard Graduate School […]

Learning more than Minecraft – A case from Jamaica

Credit: K. Jarrett, CC BY 2.0

Can Minecraft teach digital skills? Anthea Edalere-Henderson looks at how games such as Minecraft can help educate parents about the new digital worlds of their children. Anthea teaches in the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Her work focuses on globalized forms of media […]

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    Parenting in Babylon – a Minecraft digital backyard in Australia

Parenting in Babylon – a Minecraft digital backyard in Australia

Credit for all images: Michael Dezuanni & Anna Whateley

Michael Dezuanni and Anna Whateley tell us about their own home, technology in family life and the role of Minecraft in teaching digital skills across generations. They both work at Queensland University of Technology, Michael is Deputy Director of the Children and Youth Research Centre, Anna teaches adolescent fiction and the sociology of education.

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    Makerspaces: How parents support young children’s learning

Makerspaces: How parents support young children’s learning

How can makerspaces help parents encourage their children to become digitally literate? The MakEY research project brings together researchers to explore the benefits and challenges of running making workshops in a variety of settings. In this post, Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone explore ‘makerspaces’ and what they mean for parents and children. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media […]

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    Social class in “The Class”: Conservative, competitive and (dis)connected

Social class in “The Class”: Conservative, competitive and (dis)connected

Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online in their everyday lives. This post discusses their findings about social class from this research for their book, The Class: living and learning in the digital age. Sonia is Professor […]

Screen time for kids: Getting the balance right

Because it is #nationalplayday today, and children are out of school for summer holidays, we are discussing strategies for managing screen-time.  This post features an infographic created by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross, together with the Connected Learning Alliance, which addresses more effective methods for parents than simply ‘watching the clock’.  Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media […]

Learning or loafing – watching summer TV

Now that children are out of school for the summer, parents and carers will inevitably turn to a screen (of some sort) to keep children occupied. How can this be a productive, learning and enriching time for children even when in front of a screen? Alicia Blum-Ross encourages parents and carers to let children experiment, play, and relax this summer, […]

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    How dropping screen time rules can fuel extraordinary learning

How dropping screen time rules can fuel extraordinary learning

How can we focus on quality over quantity in the ongoing issue of screen time rules? In this post, Mimi Ito suggests practical ways to focus on quality screen engagement and to avoid stressing about counting time. With this perspective, Mimi’s research shows that extraordinary learning is possible when we allow young people to engage with the internet in […]

Young people online: Encounters with inappropriate content

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. First, this post by Rose Bray details the findings of the NSPCC and O2’s Net Aware research.

Investigating the nature of, […]

Media activities in The Class

Sonia Livingstone, together with Julian Sefton-Green, followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online. In this post, Sonia discusses the diverse patterns of media use and digital engagement that counter the common narrative of screens simply dominating teenagers’ lives. The book about this research project, The […]