• Children and virtual reality: Where do we stand?

    Children and virtual reality: Where do we stand?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on January 24, 2018 by Jennifer Pavlick

    Virtual reality games are quickly gaining popularity among children. However, regulators and researchers still remain largely unaware of the potential risks inherent to this technology. In this post, Jennifer Pavlick explores the available research to date, outlining potential risks for children, as well as the possibilities for playing and learning. Jennifer is the editor of the ...more

  • Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?

    Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on October 11, 2017 by Jennifer Pavlick

    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 ...more

  • Coding for what?

    Coding for what?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on September 27, 2017 by Jennifer Pavlick

    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 ...more

  • Screen time for kids: Getting the balance right

    Screen time for kids: Getting the balance right

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on August 2, 2017 by Jennifer Pavlick

    Because it is #nationalplayday today, and children are out of school for summer holidays, we are discussing strategies for managing screen-time.  This post features an infographic created by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross, together with the Connected Learning Alliance, which addresses more effective methods for parents than simply 'watching the clock'.  Sonia ...more

  • No more social networking for young teens?

    No more social networking for young teens?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on April 19, 2017 by Editor

    From May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation, will take effect in the EU. After years of debate, the legislation was passed including provisions that will affect children’s personal data. Sonia Livingstone discusses the impact of the GDPR on children and young teens, especially related to social networking. Since the legislation ...more

  • The controversial Named Persons provision in Scotland

    The controversial Named Persons provision in Scotland

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on February 1, 2017 by Editor

    Wendy M. Grossman discusses the problems surrounding the Named Persons provision in Scotland and the state’s role in children’s lives. She argues that the controversy surrounding this policy is exceptionally hard for parents to navigate. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of the Enigma ...more