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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 […]

Toddlers and touchscreens: A parent’s guide

The use of touchscreens in families is changing rapidly, as is the functional capacity of touchscreens and quality of their programmes. Mixing toddlers and touchscreens can be tricky, but there are many opportunities to be had. Whether they assist children’s play at home, on long car journeys, or help them learn to love reading, it is important to consider […]

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    The tale of Iggle Piggle and the slot machine: children’s exposure to gambling

The tale of Iggle Piggle and the slot machine: children’s exposure to gambling

A whole generation of youth is growing up surrounded by advertisements for gambling, be it online, on radio or on television. The UK Gambling Commission’s latest report claims that the majority of 11 to 15-year-olds in the UK have seen gambling adverts on TV or social media, and it is estimated that around 31,000 children are problem gamblers. This […]

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    “I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning

“I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning

How do teenagers with visual impairments use digital technologies to negotiate the world? A qualitative study of children aged 13-17 and their teachers in the North West of England has explored how young people are using such technologies to overcome barriers to learning, integrate themselves within the classroom and strengthen their social ties. Yet more needs to be done to support […]

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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 […]

Contemporary child protection on the internet

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in Europe. The technical tools designed for child protection often cannot keep pace with the rapid innovation of digital applications and in this post, Jutta Croll explores the complexities of keeping children safe online. Jutta is heading the project ‘Child Protection and Children’s Rights in the Digital World’, and is […]