• 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

  • The internet of toys

    The internet of toys

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on January 27, 2017 by Editor

    With the rapid expansion in ‘smart’, interconnected toys, what is being done to regulate, for example, the data they generate? Giovanna Mascheroni looks into some of the hopes and concerns surrounding the internet of toys. Giovanna is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica, Milan and visiting fellow in ...more

  • When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

    When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on January 11, 2017 by Editor

    Joanna Adler looks into the fast-changing world of technology, connectivity and digital resilience. She writes this post in a personal capacity and tells us about a bluetooth enabled toothbrush for children, which raised a lot of questions about security vulnerabilities, protecting our privacy and data. Joanna is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director ...more

  • A digital Christmas?

    A digital Christmas?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 23, 2016 by Editor

    As we approach Christmas, many parents will be buying new digital products of one kind or another for their children. Sonia Livingstone argues that not all will, and not all can afford to. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of ...more

  • Follow the money

    Follow the money

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 7, 2016 by Editor

    Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE), explores the power and control of private companies over internet access and usage. His piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of ...more

  • The need for parity of protection

    The need for parity of protection

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 5, 2016 by Editor

    Julia Fossi explores the diverse interests of children and the rich lives they lead online. She argues that to reflect the modern experiences of children, steps must now be taken to equally protect them online and offline. Julia is Acting Head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, where she is responsible for all policy ...more

  • The limits of parental consent in an algorithmic world

    The limits of parental consent in an algorithmic world

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on November 29, 2016 by Editor

    Data protection reform is set to take place throughout the European Union when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law in May 2018. Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, discusses questions around the age of consent for data collection and processing, and its implications ...more