Sonia Livingstone and Dongmiao Zhang discuss the major findings from the latest Parenting for a Digital Future study, and outline why special educational needs and disabilities are important in shaping children’s digital lives and why. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and is the lead investigator of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project. Dongmiao Zhang is a […]
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Children with special educational needs and disabilities more likely to encounter harm online, say parents
Family Fund is a UK charity which provides computers and tablets to lower-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children. In this post, Jenny Laycock describes the lessons learned from its latest programme, which aimed to improve families’ digital skills, and teamed up with another charity, AbilityNet, and volunteer networks to extend its support. They found that providing a […]
“I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning
How do teenagers with visual impairments use digital technologies to negotiate the world? A qualitative study of children aged 13-17 and their teachers in the North West of England has explored how young people are using such technologies to overcome barriers to learning, integrate themselves within the classroom and strengthen their social ties. Yet more needs to be done to support […]
Educators, psychologists, therapists and engineers teamed up under COST Action, ‘LUDI – Play for Children with Disabilities’, a network seeking to achieve a common vision: creating the right conditions for children with disabilities to simply be able to play. This post explores their work, set up by Serenella Besio, Professor of Special Education and an expert in assistive technology […]
Meryl Alper says the relationship between disabled children and the digital future is a complicated one. In this post, she looks at one U.S.-American family’s story and discusses how it’s characteristic of many parent’s talk of the future, digital media and its role in their disabled child’s paths and plans. She is a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University […]
As we prepare to break for the Easter holidays, we take a look back at our posts so far this year. [Header image credit: E. Tjallinks-CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0]
Children’s rights and privacy
Once more the rights of the child and the protection of their privacy online have been key concerns. Last week, we reflected on the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the […]
As governments seek to tackle a variety of problems of the digital age, media (or digital) literacy is often cited as the solution, partly because it is far less controversial than attempting to regulate the internet. LSE Professor Sonia Livingstone, chair of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, stresses the complexity of the challenges involved in improving media literacy, and the first steps that policy makers […]
Children who are vulnerable offline are more likely to encounter multiple risks online – but current advice on safety fails to take into account their differing levels of resilience. In this post, Adrienne Katz and Dr Aiman El Asam outline the findings from a major UK study into the links between online and offline vulnerability and recommend changes for […]
Today Parenting for a Digital Future releases the fourth in its series of reports from our nationally representative survey of UK parents of children aged 0-17. This report highlights why digital inequalities matter in our increasingly digitalized and connected world. In this post, Sonia Livingstone and Dongmiao Zhang discuss the major findings from the study, and outline why socio-economic status and parental education are extremely important in […]