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Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

There is an idea in American politics and policy that computer programming is not only a fun and exciting activity, but a necessary skill for the jobs of the future. But who are the primary beneficiaries of programming and coding initiatives? In this post, Kate Miltner discusses the complex and historical relationship between technology and education. Kate is a PhD Candidate at the […]

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    3-and-a-half reasons why a TV show does not result in an increase in suicide attempts and ideation

3-and-a-half reasons why a TV show does not result in an increase in suicide attempts and ideation

Last summer, Netflix’s show 13 Reasons Why caused public concern about the risk of suicide contagion among teenagers – particularly in those who have suicidal thoughts. The show portrays the suicide and aftermath of a teenage girl who documents her reasons for the suicide in a series of audiotapes. Psychotherapists, school social workers and teachers expressed apprehension about the […]

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    What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their perspectives […]

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    Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica

Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica

Following the debates about data harvesting triggered by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, how can parents ensure that their children’s rights and needs online are protected? Amanda Third outlines how parents can set a good example with their own practices and work together with children to find better solutions. Amanda Third is associate professor and principal research fellow, Digital, Social […]

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    In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next month, and proposes that companies should gain parental consent before processing the personal data of children under a certain age. But what do parents think that age should be? In this blogpost, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri present findings from a new UK survey of parents with […]

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    For, and against, Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Part 2 – Against

For, and against, Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Part 2 – Against

In the second of two posts looking at the debates surrounding the new Facebook Messenger for Kids app, Alicia Blum-Ross outlines some of the concerns. She argues that we need to know more about whether the app will meet users’ real needs and offer the support that under-13s may require. She also asks if it will lead to more social […]

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    For, and against, Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Part 1 – For

For, and against, Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Part 1 – For

In the first of two posts looking at alternative sides of the debate surrounding the new Facebook Messenger for Kids app, Alicia Blum-Ross considers the potential positives it offers. She argues that the platform provides the opportunity for under-13s to begin to use social media and develop their digital literacy skills together with their parents. The next post on Friday will contrastingly […]

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    Why the very idea of ‘screen time’ is muddled and misguided

Why the very idea of ‘screen time’ is muddled and misguided

When it comes to screen time, ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions don’t work when they are taken too literally; they don’t allow for the diverse conditions of real people’s lives. In this post Sonia Livingstone and Natalia Kucirkova explore the problematic concept of screen time and measuring technology usage in terms of quantity rather than quality. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and […]

February 28th, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    More clarity brings more confusion: what the European General Data Protection Regulations mean for UK children

More clarity brings more confusion: what the European General Data Protection Regulations mean for UK children

The debate around the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is leaving many questions unanswered. In this post, Sonia Livingstone and DaYoung Yoo reflect on the discussions surrounding the forthcoming regulations and what it will mean for children. 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 […]

February 21st, 2018|Featured, In the news|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, In the news|5 Comments|