• 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

  • Digital parenting or ‘just’ parenting?

    Digital parenting or ‘just’ parenting?

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

    Has ‘digital parenting’ simply become another dimension of parenting, as ‘traditional’ parenting spills over into the ‘online’ world, with social skills, sexuality education, a healthy balance in children’s activities, social and emotional learning, and values such as respect all be transposed to online settings? Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and ...more

  • 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