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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 […]

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 […]

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    Regulating children’s data and privacy online: the implications of the evidence for age-appropriate design

Regulating children’s data and privacy online: the implications of the evidence for age-appropriate design

The Information Commissioner’s Office recently ran a consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR). LSE researchers Jun Yu, Mariya Stoilova and Professor Sonia Livingstone explain here the key arguments and suggestions that came out of an expert seminar held at the LSE in September 2018.

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Could ‘hide by default’ be a solution to online privacy concerns for children?

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s consultation on an age appropriate design code for information society services, (a requirement of the Data Protection Act 2018 which supports and supplements the implementation of the GDPR) is open for submissions until September 19. The code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Information Commissioner will expect providers of online services, which process personal data and are […]

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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]

The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children

Professor Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Dean of the Graduate Research School at the Dublin Institute of Technology, and co-author of  the recently-published report The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map: Implementing the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children in European Member States. This blog for the Media Policy Project provides a comprehensive survey of […]

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    In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

In the furore over adults’ data being exploited by social media companies, who looks out for the kids? New survey shows parents want more protection for their teens

The forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next month, and proposes that companies should gain parental consent before processing the personal data of children under a certain age. But what do parents think that age should be? In this blogpost, LSE’s Sonia Livingstone and Kjartan Ólafsson of the University of Akureyri present the findings from a new UK study of parents […]

Making the internet a safer (and better) place for children

The internet has quickly become a necessity rather than a luxury in children’s lives. Parents, educators and governments are struggling to keep up with the risks and opportunities it brings. Sonia Livingstone takes a critical look at the plans for an Internet Safety Strategy. She argues that digital literacy needs to be taught in a way that extends far beyond the […]