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    Managing Belgian children’s media use in new family formations

Managing Belgian children’s media use in new family formations

Today, children are growing up in a wide range of family formations such as foster families, stepfamilies, single-father or single-mother families, where children are often required to navigate multiple households. How do parents manage, coordinate and experience children’s internet practices? How does parental mediation of the internet work in divorced families when parents are separated? Lien Mostmans, a post-doctoral researcher […]

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    What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

Common Sense Media’s latest report, co-authored with USC Annenberg, into the ‘new normal’ of media use in UK families reveals that while parents report a sense of anxiety and some conflict with their teens around media, most believe that digital technologies have actually reduced tensions. Despite anxiety, both parents and teens are largely optimistic about the benefits their devices bring, writes Sonia Livingstone. Sonia is Professor of Social […]

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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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    Children’s online safety in Nigeria: the government’s critical role

Children’s online safety in Nigeria: the government’s critical role

Recent research by Project Open Eyes in Lagos, Nigeria has found that while nine out of 10 teenagers have access to the internet and three out of four have made friends with strangers online, there remains a very low level of digital literacy and a lack of regulatory protection at the state level. In this post Chukwuemeka Monyei calls for a more […]

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    How are social media companies protecting children online? Evaluating anti-cyberbullying

How are social media companies protecting children online? Evaluating anti-cyberbullying

There have been a number of recent initiatives that hold the internet industry to account for online bullying – but how effective have they been? We interview Tijana Milosevic about her new book Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies, which is a timely examination of how social media platforms are tackling the problem of harassment of children […]

Banning kids from having smartphones misses the point

Recent articles have suggested that handheld devices should be banned for children. In this post, Lynn Schofield Clark, shows why that view hyperbolic and argues for a productive and valuable use of technology and screen time. Lynn is a Professor at the University of Denver who studies the choices we face as digital and mobile media change our relationships and […]

A clearer picture of what hurts kids online

What do young people find harmful online? Is ‘cyberbullying’ an adequate and useful term to be using in our research?  Anne Collier discusses findings from Global Kids Online research against University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center’s findings. Anne is executive director of national nonprofit organisation The Net Safety Collaborative (TNSC) and founder of its main project iCanHelpline.org, the U.S.’s social media helpline for […]

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    Getting a Euro-Arab conversation going about young children’s media needs in an era of forced migration

Getting a Euro-Arab conversation going about young children’s media needs in an era of forced migration

Precedents for using young children’s screen content to promote diversity, inclusion, respect and understanding are surprisingly rare. The crisis of forced migration and the media needs of new arrivals and settled children call for a widely-targeted initiative. What practical screen content policies and production recommendations are best for giving children a voice and promoting their social engagement and future participation […]

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    Parent as field collaborator when interviewing the pre-verbal and early verbal child

Parent as field collaborator when interviewing the pre-verbal and early verbal child

This post by Donell Holloway and Kylie Stevenson explores research strategies developed for the Toddlers and Tablets project. They explain two strategies developed for parent and child interviews through understandings of parent and child proximities. By taking advantage of the social and physical world that pre-verbal and early verbal children live in, the researchers are able to use their everyday home […]

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    Teens and parents in Japan and US agree: Mobile devices are an ever-present distraction

Teens and parents in Japan and US agree: Mobile devices are an ever-present distraction

How is the saturation of mobile phones playing out in homes and child-parent relationships? Willow Bay led a research project investigating the effects of digital devices on family life in Japan, and compared the results to studies asking similar questions of US families. In this post, she explores her findings and the ways in which Japanese and US families are similarly struggling […]