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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 […]

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    Kids on Earth: Travelling the world to understand the 21st century

Kids on Earth: Travelling the world to understand the 21st century

In this post, Howard Blumenthal discusses his new project Kids on Earth, which is an online collection of more than 500 videos of children from around the world talking about how technology has shaped their learning and plans for the future. Howard Blumenthal is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Howard created and produced PBS’s Peabody and Emmy Award winning series […]

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    Young people, digital media, and participation in civic and political life

Young people, digital media, and participation in civic and political life

What is the relationship between digital media participation and offline civic and political action amongst young people? In their recent paper, Shelley Boulianne and Yannis Theocharis surveyed more than 100 studies on this topic, based on survey responses from 85,000 young people, and found a positive relationship. Shelley Boulianne is an associate professor in sociology at MacEwan University. She […]

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    “How it works that game? Preschoolers’ agency in technology-supported language learning activities

“How it works that game? Preschoolers’ agency in technology-supported language learning activities

How do very young children interact with technology, what kinds of agency do they demonstrate, and how is this mediated by the sociocultural context? These were some of the questions recently explored by research looking at preschoolers conducted by Nathaly Gonzalez-Acevedo and the Short-Term Scientific Mission in Helsinki, in collaboration with the University of Helsinki and the Playful Learning […]

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    What is the Children’s Data and Privacy Online project all about?

What is the Children’s Data and Privacy Online project all about?

In this post, Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their study of how children themselves understand their data and privacy online, conducted as part of  ICO-funded research. Evidence has shown that children are particularly unaware of issues surrounding commercial use of data. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and […]

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    TV online and on-demand: children’s changing viewing habits in the digital age

TV online and on-demand: children’s changing viewing habits in the digital age

With young children spending longer than ever watching TV and online content and using connected devices, developing and guiding children towards high-quality content is increasingly important. In this post Jenny Ehren outlines the findings from the CHILDWISE Pre-school Report 2018 which examines the latest trends in media use for children aged 0-4 in the UK. Jenny Ehren is Associate […]

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    Socialisation and the role of media in socially disadvantaged families

Socialisation and the role of media in socially disadvantaged families

Children from poorer families often use media as a coping strategy to deal with the challenges of everyday life, while parents’ mediation strategies fail to take a child-centred approach, according to a new 12-year study. This post draws from Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink’s recently published co-authored book “Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media” which examined how socially disadvantaged families use media. Ingrid […]

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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 […]