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Who are the young creatives?

Why is it still so difficult for disadvantaged young people to gain access to employment in the media industries? David Buckingham takes a closer look at what – if anything – media educators can do about this situation. David is a writer and researcher with a particular interest in media, education, children and young people. He is a Visiting Professor at various […]

Parenting for a Digital Future: recent highlights of 2016

As another year draws to a close, we here at Parenting for a Digital Future want to thank you all for your reading our blog. Given that we launched only in March 2015 we are honoured by the continued feedback that this blog has become a key source for up-to-the-minute research and commentary about children, families and digital media.

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December 19th, 2016|Featured, On our minds|1 Comment|
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    How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

Wendy M. Grossman provides a non-lawyer’s first stab at thinking though what the UK can and cannot change if and when the government pulls the trigger to begin exit negotiations from the EU. She discusses how children may grow up in a vastly different national landscape than the one we know today. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace […]

November 16th, 2016|Featured, On our minds|1 Comment|

My Child is an Anarchist, a Feminist, a Communist

Veronica Barassi explores digital parenthood and the everyday construction of children’s digital profiles. She argues that children’s data flows are not only connected to questions about identity and privacy, but to new questions about ‘digital citizenship’. Veronica is an anthropologist in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University. She is one of the founders of the Goldsmiths Media Ethnography […]

September 21st, 2016|Around the world, Featured|1 Comment|
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    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?

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 media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about […]

An international approach to the protection of minors

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 content, in tandem with national age classifications. Madeleine is […]

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    Researching The class: A multi-sited ethnographic exploration

Researching The class: A multi-sited ethnographic exploration

Sonia Livingstone explores how school and learning, home and family, and peer groups impact and shape children’s use of digital media. Sonia, 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. The book about this research project¹, The Class: living and learning […]

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

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 Sonia Livingstone, and published by the LSE’s Media Policy Project. […]

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    Why do educators advocate for digital media and learning, and whose interests are served?

Why do educators advocate for digital media and learning, and whose interests are served?

Parents turn to educators for advice on how they should integrate digital media into their children’s learning. Yet educators are not in agreement about what digital media can offer to children and young people’s learning. Summarising the key findings from an article written with Alicia Blum-Ross, published this week in a special issue of the Journal of Digital and Media […]

Watch our new video about ‘The Class’

The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age tells the story of a year in the lives of an ordinary class of 13 to 14-year olds in a suburban, multi-ethnic London school. In classic ethnographic form, the book follows them at home, at school and with their friends and shows how the young people negotiate the pressures, opportunities […]