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    Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

Children and the internet: mapping the patterns of policymaking

In July 2015, the European Commission published the Better Internet for Kids benchmarking tool (the BIK map). Elisabeth Staksrud and Dag Grytli, from the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Oslo, present the most important findings of the new report and explain why the EU Kids Online survey stands out from other related research tools, ahead of The Safer Internet Forum taking place […]

Children, Advertising and the Internet

Published on 11 September 2015

Over the past decade, children’s lives have been increasingly intertwined with the internet in one way or another. A 2014 report from Net Children Go Mobile and EU Kids Online shows that two out of three children in Europe had access and used the internet on a daily basis (see also our idiot’s guide on […]

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    Policy on children and the internet: after 20 years of research, is this still an evidence-free zone?

Policy on children and the internet: after 20 years of research, is this still an evidence-free zone?

Professor Sonia Livingstone proposes using short surveys of children across the globe based on well-tested models to get more evidence before policy makers set about changing policies aimed at protecting children online. She sets out 7 key questions.

Since the birth of the Web, hopes and fears for the digital age have been strongly focused on the education and protection […]

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    Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

Evidence-based policymaking for provision of children’s rights online

LSE MSc student Alexandra Chernyavskaya reflects on the need for more evidence-based policymaking when considering children’s rights on the internet.

An important issue highlighted by those who argue for better provision for children’s rights online is that the internet is blind to the age of its users, which results in children being treated in the same manner as adult users. […]

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    Passenger Name Records and data protection issues: busting some myths

Passenger Name Records and data protection issues: busting some myths

In her third post examining the overlap between data protection issues and border control (see her first and second posts) Diana Dimitrova from KU Leuven looks at the proposal for a Passenger Name Record, revived after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, from a privacy and data protection angle.

In the past months, the Passenger Name Record (PNR) debate in the EU was […]

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    Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders

Children’s safety on the internet: a guide to stakeholders

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The generation of children born […]

Sonia Livingstone: Children’s rights in the digital age

In advance of her 11 February public lecture on the state of children’s rights in the digital age, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses the rights at stake for children worldwide and highlights why we must embed children’s rights into the policies and practices concerning “the digital”.

Fast-developing information and communications technologies (ICTs) are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse: this […]

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    The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

Patrick Burton and Joanne Phyfer of South Africa’s Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention use the case of South Africa to argue that unique contextual factors impact children’s ICT use across varying countries and regions, which means the lack of knowledge about how children use ICTs in the global South severely limits our understanding of this issue. 

Professor Sonia Livingstone and […]

Sonia Livingstone: Digital Media and Children’s Rights

The following post was adapted from a lecture given by Sonia Livingstone at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on 12 September 2014, at a United Nations Day of General Discussion of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Fast-developing ICTs are reshaping children’s lives for better and for worse – already in high-income countries, fast expanding in middle-income countries, and […]

Children’s Online Risks Diversifying; Some Self-Created

Many parents worry about what their children might encounter online and some might use filters to block sexually explicit content, but LSE’s Benjamin De La Pava reports that new research shows the risks children face are increasingly related to user generated content including what children themselves are sharing. Particularly in the public eye, discussions about internet safety for children tend to suffer […]