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The controversial Named Persons provision in Scotland

Wendy M. Grossman discusses the problems surrounding the Named Persons provision in Scotland and the state’s role in children’s lives. She argues that the controversy surrounding this policy is exceptionally hard for parents to navigate. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of the Enigma Award and she has released a number of books, articles, and music. [Header image […]

February 1st, 2017|Featured, Reflections|2 Comments|

The internet of toys

With the rapid expansion in ‘smart’, interconnected toys, what is being done to regulate, for example, the data they generate? Giovanna Mascheroni looks into some of the hopes and concerns surrounding the internet of toys. 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. […]

January 27th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|3 Comments|

When is a toothbrush not just a toothbrush?

Joanna Adler looks into the fast-changing world of technology, connectivity and digital resilience. She writes this post in a personal capacity and tells us about a bluetooth enabled toothbrush for children, which raised a lot of questions about security vulnerabilities, protecting our privacy and data. Joanna is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of Forensic Psychological Services at Middlesex University. Her research […]

January 11th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|

The limits of parental consent in an algorithmic world

Data protection reform is set to take place throughout the European Union when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law in May 2018. Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, discusses questions around the age of consent for data collection and processing, and its implications for teenagers and their parents. [Header image credit: A. […]

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    To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To discuss the issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation’s provision that under 16 year-olds will need parental consent before accessing social media or other online services, the LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University met in a round […]

November 23rd, 2016|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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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 […]

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    How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova share key insights from the Global Kids Online Synthesis Report, produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the LSE. The Global Kids Online project launched today at the Children’s Lives in the Digital Age seminar held at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, and aims to build a global network of researchers investigating the risks […]

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    School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

Jen Persson  discusses the background and implications of the Department for Education’s policy and practice on collecting and sharing the personal data of 20 million children in the National Pupil Database. There has been no public or parliamentary consultation on recently proposed changes to collect pupils’ country of birth and other personal data, and this raises significant questions of trust and privacy invasion. Jen is […]

​Mining data and the database state

It used to be ‘Big Brother is watching you’, and we worried about CCTV, but today’s children are being watched in their ‘real’ lives as in their virtual lives. So what right do they have to privacy? Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at this issue, with some startling findings. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. […]

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|