Children and the Media

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    Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

Data and privacy in the digital age: from evidence to policy

What do children know, and want to know, about where their data goes? The Children’s Data and Privacy Online project, funded by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), recently launched its final report and an online privacy toolkit at a multistakeholder seminar at LSE. LSE’s Gianfranco Polizzi and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain the project’s key research findings and recommendations.

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Misinformation and the school curriculum: Five key challenges and how we should promote digital literacy

As governments seek to tackle misinformation and other problems posed by the digital age, digital (or media) literacy is often cited as a significant part of any solution, and the UK government’s White Paper on Online Harms (consultation closing on July 1) has proposed the development of an online media literacy strategy. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, […]

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    What should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

What should we teach children about online privacy, and how?

As children use more online services, concern has been growing about the increasing amounts of data that they share with tech companies, as evidenced by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s efforts to create a code of practice that would outline age-appropriate design principles for online services likely to be accessed by children. Here, the LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri […]

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    Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible?

Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible?

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently sought views on a draft code of practice on Age appropriate design, aimed at online services likely to be accessed by children. Here, LSE’s Mariya Stoilova and Sonia Livingstone explain the code’s key challenges that they believe must be resolved. Next week, they will launch new findings from the project Children’s data and privacy online: growing […]

The digital age of consent, one year on

This Saturday, 25 May, will be the one year anniversary of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, a non-profit working to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner, discusses the impact of the regulation on children in Ireland, particularly the GDPR’s requirement […]

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    Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy

Where does your data go? Developing a research methodology for children’s online privacy

With growing concerns over children’s online privacy and the commercial uses of their data, it is vital that children’s understandings of the digital environment, their digital skills and their capacity to consent are taken into account in designing services, regulation and policy. Mariya Stoilova, Rishita Nandagiri and Sonia Livingstone’s research project Children’s Data and Privacy Online set out to ask children […]

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    Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

Online abuse: teenagers might not report it because they often don’t see it as a problem

A new Online Harms White Paper, published by the UK government calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Children are at particularly high risk from some types of harm: here, Holly Powell-Jones, Lecturer in Criminology and Media Law at City, University of London, explains […]

Rethinking the rights of children for the internet age

The internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, our understanding of the transformative effects of the internet on both society and children have developed in tandem. In this post Sonia Livingstone outlines some of the issues raised […]

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    Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

Today is Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually to raise awareness about people’s rights and good practice when it comes to data protection and privacy. Here, the LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri explain the findings of their recent research into children’s data and privacy online. 

Data Privacy Day invites us to consider that children’s online activities are the focus of a multitude of […]

11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online

The almost daily news stories on data privacy and data breaches – including those affecting children – raise urgent questions as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked,  collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand […]