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Media and mental health: time to get serious?

In a response to a previous blog on this site about the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why, Richard Graham presents his perspective as a practising psychiatrist on the issues that it raised around media portrayal and reporting of suicide, and suicide more broadly. Richard argues that such debates present an important opportunity to create greater public awareness of the issues surrounding […]

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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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    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 […]

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    Can we make our girls responsible for their safety online? Myths and facts about sex and the internet

Can we make our girls responsible for their safety online? Myths and facts about sex and the internet

While there is little evidence to show that teenagers face more risk of social harm online than they do offline, a study into the social media practices of teenagers in Spain has found that gender constitutes a trigger of risk in a society that blames women for the aggressions they suffer. This post asks how can such victim-blaming might […]

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    More hate speech and hateful content for Italian children online

More hate speech and hateful content for Italian children online

The latest EU Kids Online Survey in Italy investigates how children experience harmful content online, including feeling upset, uncomfortable or scared. Because the number of children who have felt bothered by something online has more than doubled since 2010,  Giovanna Mascheroni explores what action must be taken to educate and protect against such abuse. Giovanna is Lecturer in Sociology […]

Against raising the age limit for parental consent

Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives EU member states the power to choose any minimum age of consent for data in law for children between the ages of 13 and 16. A fragmented landscape now exists, however, as member states have decided differently. Starting from the idea that children are emerging moral media actors in […]

Young people online: Encounters with inappropriate content

Last week there were a number of news reports about the harmful effects of social media on the mental health of teens and young people. Responding to this, we are publishing two posts this week that address the topic. First, this post by Rose Bray details the findings of the NSPCC and O2’s Net Aware research.

Investigating the nature of, […]

Online child protection in rural Kenya

Caleb Ndaka is a project lead in Kenya, working for Kids Comp Camp. As Kenya focuses on initiatives to bring billions more online, Caleb  asks: how can we prepare for child protection online and also make use of the learning opportunities it will bring? Kids Comp-Camp is an organisation which seeks to reach out to children aged 8–15 in marginalised communities, to equip them […]

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    Book review: American girls: Social media and the secret lives of teenagers

Book review: American girls: Social media and the secret lives of teenagers

Wendy Grossman reviews American girls, by Nancy Jo Sales, published in 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf. The book asks what is social media culture? And, what it is doing to young girls? Taking a critical stance, Wendy raises concern about the research’s methodology and mode of storytelling.  Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She […]

Media activities in The Class

Sonia Livingstone, together with Julian Sefton-Green, 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. In this post, Sonia discusses the diverse patterns of media use and digital engagement that counter the common narrative of screens simply dominating teenagers’ lives. The book about this research project, The […]