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    Please share (because we care): privacy issues in social networking

Please share (because we care): privacy issues in social networking

Is it risky to ‘be yourself’ online, sharing intimacies you wouldn’t face-to-face? Elisabeth Staksrud and Sonia Livingstone explore the current issues and opportunities facing today’s children and young people in Europe. Elisabeth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo and is part of the Norwegian team of the EU Kids Online […]

Hello from the other side of music video regulation

If we were rating music videos from the 80s, would Boy George’s be considered too subversive? The scantily clad women on Addicted to Love not for our children’s eyes? Or should common sense prevail? Rafal Zaborowski is an LSE Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications. He is interested in music reception and social practices of listening, the […]

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    Going online in the Asia Pacific region: challenges for parents

Going online in the Asia Pacific region: challenges for parents

Giovanna Mascheroni summarises the findings from a workshop on policies and initatives for children’s safe internet use, held in September 2015, and outlines the challenges faced by parents in the Asia Pacific region. Giovanna is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica, Milan and visiting fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. She […]

One in three: internet governance and children’s rights

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The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) just launched both a new industry report and a guide for parents on child safety online. Sonia Livingstone draws on her recent report ‘One in three: internet governance and children’s rights’ and discusses how internet governance needs to consider the specific rights and needs of children, both in terms of protection from harm as well as […]

December 21st, 2015|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    Digital deception: legal questions surround new “YouTube Kids” app

Digital deception: legal questions surround new “YouTube Kids” app

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As the YouTube Kids app was launched in November 2015 in the UK and Ireland, nine months after it hit the US market, Dale Kunkel discusses how Google is stirring the debate on what is and what isn’t acceptable when it comes to advertising to children. In April 2015, Dale partnered with a coalition of 10 public interest […]

November 30th, 2015|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|

Alan Kurdi and parents as witnesses

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As a mother herself, Alicia Blum-Ross reflects on the upsetting and powerful images of three-year old Syrian refugee Alan whose body was washed onto a beach in Turkey last week. She finds that Alan’s death triggers our own sense of vulnerability as parents which is also a call to action. Alicia is a researcher at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. She is […]

September 7th, 2015|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    Young juries want a fair internet: deliberating over digital rights

Young juries want a fair internet: deliberating over digital rights

Sonia Livingstone recently had the chance to listen to young people deliberate their online rights. Young people, just like adults, are trying to work out the digital environment for themselves and Sonia discusses some of their suggestions, anxieties and frustrations. 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 […]

iRights – advocating for children’s rights online

Sonia Livingstone thinks that promoting children’s rights in the digital age is an idea whose time has come. She discusses why it is difficult to tell who is a child online, how these and other issues can be addressed, and how the iRights initiative and its five simple claims attempt to deliver children’s rights online. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and […]

March 19th, 2015|Reflections|2 Comments|