• YouTube in The Class

    YouTube in The Class

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on September 26, 2016 by Editor

    Most children love YouTube, but what do they love about it? Sonia Livingstone unpacks the individual stories behind the shared fascination. Together with Julian Sefton-Green, she followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online. The book ...more

  • The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

    The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on August 16, 2016 by Editor

    Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, examines the challenges facing parents in how to determine what degree of screen time is harmful or beneficial for their children. Her 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

  • An international approach to the protection of minors

    An international approach to the protection of minors

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on August 2, 2016 by Editor

    Following a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about families and "screen time", authored by Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, Madeleine de Cock Buning reflects on proposals by ERGA to develop Europe-wide categorisations for potentially harmful ...more

  • The future of children’s media: a view from the BBC

    The future of children’s media: a view from the BBC

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on July 14, 2016 by Editor

    Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and BBC North, explores some of the challenges facing the BBC as it considers how to deliver exciting and diverse content for children whilst adapting to technological advances. This post coincides with the publication of a new policy brief about families and ‘screen time’,¹ authored by Alicia Blum-Ross and ...more

  • Your child and age-appropriate content

    Your child and age-appropriate content

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on April 20, 2016 by Editor

    How can we protect our children from the new digital social situations that they increasingly find themselves in? Alex Harvey points out the problems with setting controls for age-appropriate content. Alex is the content manager for Yoti, a digital identity system. Interested in what technology will create in the future, ...more

  • ​Mining data and the database state

    ​Mining data and the database state

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on April 6, 2016 by Editor

    It used to be ‘Big Brother is watching you’, and we worried about CCTV, but today’s children are being watched in their ‘real’ lives as in their virtual lives. So what right do they have to privacy? Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at this issue, with some startling findings. Wendy writes ...more

  • Are the trolls winning?

    Are the trolls winning?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on February 15, 2016 by Editor

    Guest blogger Wendy M. Grossman finds that it’s hard for parents and teachers to guide children to avoid bullying (online and off) when so many adults behave so visibly so badly. She takes a closer looks at bad behaviour online, and how to avoid ‘feeding’ the trolls while maintaining ‘freedom of speech’. ...more

  • Parenting for a digital future: recent highlights of 2015

    Parenting for a digital future: recent highlights of 2015

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on January 11, 2016 by Editor

    Credit: V. Efx, CC BY 2.0 Since launching in March, this blog has surpassed our expectations, with guest contributors from around the world and posts from our team giving you wrap-ups of the latest news, research and advice about parenting, children and technology. In just eight short months we’ve grown to multiple thousands of readers each week, so this is our ...more

  • 10 tips for digital citizens’ parents

    10 tips for digital citizens’ parents

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on January 4, 2016 by Editor

    Credit: W. Fryer, CC BY 2.0 Guest contributor Anne Collier discusses youth and digital citizenship, and shares ten key insights for parents. Anne is president of Net Family News Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded in 1999, and founder of iCanHelpline.org, a social media helpline for U.S. schools, which she is piloting in ...more

  • One in three: internet governance and children’s rights

    One in three: internet governance and children’s rights

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 21, 2015 by Editor

    Credit: C. JL, CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) just launched both a new industry report and a guide for parents on child safety online. Sonia Livingstone draws on her recent report ‘One in three: internet governance and children’s rights’ and discusses how internet governance needs to consider the specific rights and needs of ...more

  • Decoding the ‘Hour of Code’

    Decoding the ‘Hour of Code’

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 11, 2015 by Editor

    Credit: R. Stropek, CC BY 2.0 Today marks the last day of the week of Hour of Code, an international programme to give children and young people a brief taste of the basics of coding. Alicia Blum-Ross draws on the Parenting for a Digital Future research project and discusses education technologies, their impact on ...more

  • Teenagers just seem to get bad press

    Teenagers just seem to get bad press

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 9, 2015 by Editor

    Credit: D. Li, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Guest blogger Diane Levine looks at the delicate and often sensitive balance between prying or protection, and offers some useful tips for how parents and their teenagers can journey together in the online world. Diane has worked in government research on technology in education, and recently completed her PhD ...more

  • Reasons to love parenting in the digital age

    Reasons to love parenting in the digital age

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 2, 2015 by Editor

    Credit: J. Bøtter, CC BY 2.0 Of course parents are often the most acute observers of emerging ‘digital’ practices in their families, as we’ve noted before on this blog. But parents also discover and embrace technology for themselves. Judith Livingstone¹ recently had her first child and provides a humorous insight into her technological life, post-baby. After her maternity ...more

  • Do angry birds make for angry children?

    Do angry birds make for angry children?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on October 28, 2015 by Editor

    Credit: P. Cuhalev, CC BY-NC 2.0 Guest contributor Christopher J. Ferguson  looks at research on video games, the problems around thin evidence and the grand claims it oftentimes makes. He examines what studies of children and gaming actually say - and here's his list of take-home messages for parents. Christopher is an associate professor of psychology at ...more