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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 […]

The importance of video game literacy for healthy parenting

Many children enjoy playing video games, yet they offer distinct challenges and opportunities arising from their ability to tell stories, invite participation, create imaginary worlds and connect players. Andy Robertson outlines how parents, by taking a more holistic approach, can develop their own video game literacy and guide their children towards a healthy video game experience. Andy is a freelance journalist specialising in video games for […]

September 5th, 2018|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|

Banning kids from having smartphones misses the point

Recent articles have suggested that handheld devices should be banned for children. In this post, Lynn Schofield Clark, shows why that view hyperbolic and argues for a productive and valuable use of technology and screen time. Lynn is a Professor at the University of Denver who studies the choices we face as digital and mobile media change our relationships and […]

Toddlers and touchscreens: A parent’s guide

The use of touchscreens in families is changing rapidly, as is the functional capacity of touchscreens and quality of their programmes. Mixing toddlers and touchscreens can be tricky, but there are many opportunities to be had. Whether they assist children’s play at home, on long car journeys, or help them learn to love reading, it is important to consider […]

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    Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

How do the Australian Department of Health and Ageing’s new screen time guidelines sit with the latest research about screen time? In this blog Jane Mavoa highlights the problems around a lack of robust evidence informing official guidelines. Policy falls behind the latest push to focus on content and context of screen time, rather than just quantity of hours.  Jane is a […]

Portuguese families facing the challenges of screen time

How are today’s young Portuguese children engaging with screens? How are parents balancing digital media in their children’s lives? In this post, Cristina Ponte, Teresa Sofia Castro, José Alberto Simões, Susana Batista and Ana Jorge show that many parents would rather have their children involved with other activities than watching TV, but that most parents also use screens as a way to keep […]

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    Why the very idea of ‘screen time’ is muddled and misguided

Why the very idea of ‘screen time’ is muddled and misguided

When it comes to screen time, ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions don’t work when they are taken too literally; they don’t allow for the diverse conditions of real people’s lives. In this post Sonia Livingstone and Natalia Kucirkova explore the problematic concept of screen time and measuring technology usage in terms of quantity rather than quality. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and […]

February 28th, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    In the digital home, how do parents support their children and who supports them?

In the digital home, how do parents support their children and who supports them?

Today is Safer Internet Day, a day when the international community of industry, NGOs, parenting advocates, educators, researchers, parents and young people celebrate what’s good about the internet, and issues a call to action to create a “better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users.” What better time to take stock of how parents and children are finding […]

Gender roles in ICT parenting

How do mothers and fathers engage with their children’s information and communications technology (ICT) use? Many studies in the past have featured only mothers as respondents.  In this post Ruth Festl  discusses the findings of two studies exploring how mothers and fathers similarly or differently engage in ICT parenting, providing new insights about how these parental activities relate to the child’s […]

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    Tablet totalitarianism – how an obsession with ‘screen time’ misses the point

Tablet totalitarianism – how an obsession with ‘screen time’ misses the point

With the start of the school year, backpacks will be filled with notes home to parents. Instead of the expected warnings about forgotten PE kits last year, though, one mother discovered a flyer from her child’s school exhorting parents to tell their kids to ‘PUT DOWN THAT TABLET!’ Concerned about the negative tone, and lack of balance, mum and […]

September 6th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|2 Comments|