Digital driver’s licence

What kind of online safety messaging resonates with young people? What tools and strategies are most effective for improving digital literacy? In this post, Jeremy Blackman describes the digital driver’s licence.  Created by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, an Australian online education resource, this resource focuses on exploring the nuance of online engagement alongside ethical and moral maxims. Jeremy is Senior Advisor, […]

Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?

Yesterday, the House of Lords debated the new Data Protection Bill which will update regulations about data processing. Focussing on children’s rights to privacy, Claire Bessant outlines the legal remedies a child who objects to parental sharenting might consider using to remove sharented information. She discusses confidence, Misuse of Private Information and Data Protection to show the complexity of protecting […]

October 11th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|
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    How can parents become ‘screenwise’? An interview with Devorah Heitner

How can parents become ‘screenwise’? An interview with Devorah Heitner

In our research parents often complain that they don’t know where to turn to for advice about digital media, finding that the old ‘screen time’ rules don’t serve them well in a digital age. This is why we’ve contributed to resources to help guide parents and educators, and why we periodically feature the work of experts who are out […]

Coding for what?

Because this week is National Coding Week in the UK, we are discussing the potential consequences of young people learning to code. While there is legitimate and growing call for kids to learn to code, it is essential that we think carefully and critically about what that entails. In light of potential risks or destructive effects, this post by Ben Williamson explores why coding […]

September 27th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|

Under the limelight: Celebrity parents sharenting

This post explores sharenting as it relates to celebrity parents. Beyond the usual concerns of parents (over)sharing about their children online, for celebrities, sharenting can become a monetised practice where children are often used as the face of brands and campaigns.  Ana Jorge and Lidia Marôpo have studied the topic of children of celebrities since 2010, and suggest combining a rights-based […]

Back to school with Parenting for a Digital Future

September is here, and with it comes the beginning of another school year. While the end of summer might mean less free time for children to ‘loaf’ in front of a screen, the demands of school life mean that children and parents will continue to confront issues surrounding digital media use, including balancing screen time and internet privacy and […]

September 13th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|
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    Tablet totalitarianism – how an obsession with ‘screen time’ misses the point

Tablet totalitarianism – how an obsession with ‘screen time’ misses the point

With the start of the school year, backpacks will be filled with notes home to parents. Instead of the expected warnings about forgotten PE kits last year, though, one mother discovered a flyer from her child’s school exhorting parents to tell their kids to ‘PUT DOWN THAT TABLET!’ Concerned about the negative tone, and lack of balance, mum and […]

September 6th, 2017|Featured, On our minds|1 Comment|
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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 […]

How the digital revolution is changing education

This post reports on the ‘Education in a Digital World’ conference, held in June 2017. Eszter Salamon shows the various changes affecting European education in the digital age, including pedagogical shifts and digital inclusion. She argues that the education system must be fundamentally adjusted to answer to the digital learning needs of the whole population. Eszter is President of the European Parents’ Association and Vice President of the […]

No, the internet is not actually stealing kids’ innocence

Is media use harmful to kids?  Sonia Livingstone reflects on ‘media panic’ that attributes issues such sexual assault to children using the internet, outlining problems with existing evidence and suggestions for future approaches. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience in media research with a particular focus on children and […]