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    Fake news and critical literacy: new findings, new questions

Fake news and critical literacy: new findings, new questions

The Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills recently published a report on fake news and critical literacy which surveyed schoolchildren and teachers. LSE PhD researcher Gianfranco Polizzi summarises the key findings of the report – which include that only 2% of children can spot fake news – and sets out his recommendations in response. [Header image credit: Y.C.V. Chow, […]

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    Media literacy – everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation

Media literacy – everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation

Media literacy is often cited as the solution – but to what problem? In this post Professor of Social Psychology at LSE and Chair of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission, Sonia Livingstone, provides an overview of the current debates about the benefits and limits of media literacy following a recent Westminster Media Forum seminar about fake news at which she spoke. [Header […]

Contemporary child protection on the internet

On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in Europe. The technical tools designed for child protection often cannot keep pace with the rapid innovation of digital applications and in this post, Jutta Croll explores the complexities of keeping children safe online. Jutta is heading the project ‘Child Protection and Children’s Rights in the Digital World’, and is […]

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    Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica

Why you should talk to your children about Cambridge Analytica

Following the debates about data harvesting triggered by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, how can parents ensure that their children’s rights and needs online are protected? Amanda Third outlines how parents can set a good example with their own practices and work together with children to find better solutions. Amanda Third is associate professor and principal research fellow, Digital, Social […]

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    What do parents think, and do, about their children’s online privacy?

What do parents think, and do, about their children’s online privacy?

Today Parenting for a Digital Future releases the third in a series of reports from our nationally representative survey of UK parents of children aged 0-17. This report explores the issue of what parents think and do about their child’s privacy online. It is released as the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May which requires companies to seek parents’ consent before processing […]

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    Tackling fake news: Towards a new approach to digital literacy

Tackling fake news: Towards a new approach to digital literacy

Yesterday commenced the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week (MIL) which celebrates the goal of ‘MIL for all’. In the efforts towards this goal, we are discussing the issue of fake news stories, which have been a topic of discussion since the 2016 US Presidential election. In this post, Gianfranco Polizzi explains what critical digital literacy means and the role it could play in […]

October 26th, 2017|Featured, In the news|5 Comments|
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    Extra care required: Balancing the internet lives of looked-after children

Extra care required: Balancing the internet lives of looked-after children

Looked-after children are especially vulnerable and privy to a number of risks online. This means that foster carers need improved safeguarding training and more digital literacy skills to manage a safe internet environment in their homes. In this post, Jennifer Pavlick summarises the findings of the 2016 online safety foster carer survey by Guardian Saints, discussing the risks and […]

The Blue Whale game paradox, digital literacy and fake news

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. The first post was about young people encountering inappropriate content online. This second post by Gianfranco Polizzi looks at the Blue […]

10 tips for digital citizens’ parents

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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 the state of California this school year. Anne blogs at NetFamilyNews.org.

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    Parental education and digital skills matter most in guiding children’s internet use

Parental education and digital skills matter most in guiding children’s internet use

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Sonia Livingstone looks at cross-national variations in how actively engaged parents are in their children’s online activities and finds that parents’ own skills shape the support they provide for their children. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience in media research with a particular focus on children and young […]

September 21st, 2015|Featured, Reflections|5 Comments|