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    Children with special educational needs and disabilities more likely to encounter harm online, say parents

Children with special educational needs and disabilities more likely to encounter harm online, say parents

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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    Digital and disability: Lessons from Family Fund’s Digital Skills programme

Digital and disability: Lessons from Family Fund’s Digital Skills programme

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 […]

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    “I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning

“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 […]

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    Play for all children: Robots helping children with disabilities play

Play for all children: Robots helping children with disabilities play

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 […]

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    Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

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 […]

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    Hidden in plain sight: Safety innovation in live-streamed video

Hidden in plain sight: Safety innovation in live-streamed video

In this post, which was originally published at the end of last year, Anne Collier considers the major challenges of and recent innovations in the monitoring and moderation of live-streamed content on social media platforms. This is an issue which has since been brought to the fore when the tragic terrorist attacks in New Zealand in March were live-streamed on […]

Parenting For a Digital Future April 2019 Roundup

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 […]

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    Media literacy: what are the challenges and how can we move towards a solution?

Media literacy: what are the challenges and how can we move towards a solution?

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 […]

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    Vulnerable offline and at risk online: tackling children’s safety

Vulnerable offline and at risk online: tackling children’s safety

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 […]

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    Inequalities in the home influence children’s digital opportunities

Inequalities in the home influence children’s digital opportunities

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 […]