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Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: A global perspective

Sunday was Human Rights Day and Sonia Livingstone and Jasmine Byrne are discussing the global digital parenting divide. Presenting data from several countries of the Global Kids Online project, this post asks how can we support parents to support children around the world? Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience […]

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    ‘I’m not just a mom’: Parents as creators, collaborators and learners in creative computing

‘I’m not just a mom’: Parents as creators, collaborators and learners in creative computing

Family Creative Learning was designed to support intergenerational interactions in the context of computing, and this post explores the technological and the creative possibilities for families learning together. Ricarose Roque discusses the programme and the series of workshops hosted at a local community centre, where parents and children engaged with the Scratch programming language and the Makey Makey invention kit. One […]

Against raising the age limit for parental consent

Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives EU member states the power to choose any minimum age of consent for data in law for children between the ages of 13 and 16. A fragmented landscape now exists, however, as member states have decided differently. Starting from the idea that children are emerging moral media actors in […]

November 29th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|
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    Watching safely? Tools for protecting children in audiovisual services

Watching safely? Tools for protecting children in audiovisual services

Many countries have measures in place to protect children from harmful content. Although these vary from service to service, with a little effort, they could present useful tools for parents looking to create a safer environment for their children. In this post Lubos Kuklis summarises the aims and findings of the new ERGA report, Protection of minors in the […]

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    Kids’ screen time shifts dramatically toward phones and tablets

Kids’ screen time shifts dramatically toward phones and tablets

How has children’s media use evolved over time? Common Sense Media published their latest zero to eight study in October, and in this post Michael Robb discusses the key findings. Michael is director of research at Common Sense, overseeing the research program, evaluation of organization impact, and program development research. He has published research on the impact of electronic media […]

A new forum for ‘social fatherhood’

How do non-biological fathers take on their role as ‘social fathers’? What resources are available to them? In this post Clare Deane and Martin Robb report on the experience of using a forum on the DAD.info site to explore the topic of social or non-biological fatherhood. The project is part of a joint initiative between The Open University and Family […]

Introducing ideas of privacy while having fun

In this post, Bill Shribman describes his work in media literacy with the popular Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius project and a parallel curriculum developed by Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He argues that although the parenting of children varies greatly, they still need to know the key issues raised by being online. Bill is a […]

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    Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

The “Parenting for a Digital Future” blog has tried to capture the diversity of families’ experiences with the internet around the world by including reflections on fieldwork conducted in many different countries. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Dafna Lemish and Sun Sun Lim highlight what they learned from working with researchers from several continents to understand the emerging nature […]

November 1st, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|
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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 […]

October 26th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|
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    Extra care required: Balancing the internet lives of looked-after children

Extra care required: Balancing the internet lives of looked-after children

Looked-after children are especially vulnerable and privy to a number of risks online. This means that foster carers need improved safeguarding training and more digital literacy skills to manage a safe internet environment in their homes. In this post, Jennifer Pavlick summarises the findings of the 2016 online safety foster carer survey by Guardian Saints, discussing the risks and […]

October 24th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|