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    The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a dimension of all teaching.

The Department for Education […]

November 2nd, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

Common Sense Media’s latest report, co-authored with USC Annenberg, into the ‘new normal’ of media use in UK families reveals that while parents report a sense of anxiety and some conflict with their teens around media, most believe that digital technologies have actually reduced tensions. Despite anxiety, both parents and teens are largely optimistic about the benefits their devices bring, writes Sonia Livingstone. Sonia is Professor of Social […]

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    Does excessive social media use actually harm the self-esteem of young people?

Does excessive social media use actually harm the self-esteem of young people?

A Swedish survey has claimed that social media use negatively affects the self esteem of young people. But such studies must take into account the complex intertwining of online and offline worlds, and recognise that a sharp distinction  between life, relationships, and communication online and offline is no longer meaningful. Stine Liv Johansen is an Associate Professor at the Centre […]

September 19th, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    Children’s online safety in Nigeria: the government’s critical role

Children’s online safety in Nigeria: the government’s critical role

Recent research by Project Open Eyes in Lagos, Nigeria has found that while nine out of 10 teenagers have access to the internet and three out of four have made friends with strangers online, there remains a very low level of digital literacy and a lack of regulatory protection at the state level. In this post Chukwuemeka Monyei calls for a more […]

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 […]