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    Diversity, migration and children: Locating media policy and production gaps through Euro-Arab dialogue

Diversity, migration and children: Locating media policy and production gaps through Euro-Arab dialogue

As Europe’s September season of children’s film festivals approaches, with events scheduled in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Ukraine, producers of animation for children are also preparing to pitch to international partners at the Cartoon Forum in the French city of Toulouse. How many of the films screened and how many pitches will reflect the increasing diversity of children […]

Online safety across the generations

A recent study in the US has examined what parents and grandparents think about the role of technology in their lives. In this post Stephen Balkam reports that while there are still concerns over children’s media use, every generation supports each other when it comes to safety, security and honing skills online. Stephen is the founder and CEO of the […]

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How do parents imagine the future for their children?

This post considers some of the findings from our latest book Parenting for a Digital Future which explores how parents imagine the future for their children, including the role of digital technology. Based on in-depth interviews of British parents, educators and children, we asked how parents are tackling the challenges of the digital media landscape. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social […]

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    The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

Research has shown that many young people have been exposed to pornography, but sex education often either avoids the topic altogether or dismiss it as taboo. A recent study in New Zealand asked teenagers about the role pornography played in their lives, and found that many felt that their educational provision on the topic was lacking. In this post […]

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    Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

In this post Veronica Barassi considers how social media platforms are gathering and using our data. Her latest research finds that young children’s data is being collected directly through targeted products, and indirectly via family or household members according to the terms that apply to adults. Veronica Barassi is an anthropologist and Faculty Member in the Department of Media and […]

Digital youth: honour ALL their rights

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for public comments on how to fulfil the digital part of children’s human rights. In this post Anne Collier argues that this is an opportunity to take into account children’s right to participate online – an issue which has often been overlooked in favour of protection. Anne […]

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    IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

In this post Giovanna Mascheroni and Donell Holloway explain why we need to consider the social context and consequences of children’s use of internet-connected toys and devices. They draw upon findings from their recently published book “The Internet of Toys: Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play”. Giovanna Mascheroni is a senior lecturer in Sociology of Media and Communications at the Department […]

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    Why the debate on reading print versus digital books needs to change

Why the debate on reading print versus digital books needs to change

The message for readers of all ages is clear: reading medium matters. Adult readers need to be more critically aware of the choices and reading strategies they use with the different reading media available to them. In this post, Natalia Kucirkova explains why emergent or young readers need to be provided with high-quality print and digital books, and optimal […]

A ladder of children’s online participation?

Findings on the online activities of children in Bulgaria, Chile and South Africa suggests a ‘ladder’ of online participation, write Sonia Livingstone and Daniel Kardefelt-Winther. Many children, especially younger ones, enjoy some of the fun and sociable opportunities that the internet provides, but do not climb the ‘ladder’ to reach the civic, informational and creative activities that are often […]

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    Overcoming cultural taboos: protecting children online in Saudi Arabia

Overcoming cultural taboos: protecting children online in Saudi Arabia

With at least 70% of children aged 8-18 in Saudia Arabia now having access to their own smartphones or tablet computers, the protection of children against online abuse has become a key issue. In this post Abeer Khalid Alsaiari outlines the latest legislation and campaigns within the Middle East aimed at tackling the issue, and why cultural taboos surrounding online […]