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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 […]

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    The rise of skin gambling: how outdated legislation allows thousands of UK children to gamble online

The rise of skin gambling: how outdated legislation allows thousands of UK children to gamble online

The UK’s gambling laws are failing to keep pace with the emergence of new forms of gambling that are infiltrating children’s gaming practices. In this post, Lulu Freemont outlines how the gaming industry and policy-makers must work together to ensure that children are protected from such risks and that parents are made aware of the dangers. Lulu Freemont has recently completed […]

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    How playful assessment unseated standardised tests at one school

How playful assessment unseated standardised tests at one school

MIT researchers are developing playful assessments to measure student growth. This is the second part of a two-part story by Emily Tate looking at how one school is piloting the MIT research on playful assessments. In this new model, learning – and measuring that learning – looks a lot like playing. Read part one for background. Emily Tate is a reporter […]

From policing screen time to weighing screen use

The UK Chief Medical Officer has just released a report on screen use and the mental health and wellbeing of children. This post by Sonia Livingstone examines new research which has shown that the length of screen time for children is not as harmful as first thought, and calls for a more balanced approach. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology […]

February 8th, 2019|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!

The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a dimension of all teaching.

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November 2nd, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    Dire warnings about children dying because of apps and games are a form of ‘juvenoia’

Dire warnings about children dying because of apps and games are a form of ‘juvenoia’

In this post Larry Magid takes a look at the recent media coverage of two apps and games that have been accused of harming children’s mental health. He argues that these sensationalist stories are often based on fake news and may serve only to exaggerate fears surrounding online risk in potentially damaging ways. Larry is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He is […]

September 21st, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    Does excessive social media use actually harm the self-esteem of young people?

Does excessive social media use actually harm the self-esteem of young people?

A Swedish survey has claimed that social media use negatively affects the self esteem of young people. But such studies must take into account the complex intertwining of online and offline worlds, and recognise that a sharp distinction  between life, relationships, and communication online and offline is no longer meaningful. Stine Liv Johansen is an Associate Professor at the Centre […]

September 19th, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|

It’s time to end the Wild West of the Web

Rapidly developing technology and the ubiquity of social media means that there is increasing risk of child sexual exploitation or abuse online. A recent NSPCC FOI investigation found there were more than 3,000 police-recorded offences for sexual communication with a child in England and Wales in 2017/18 alone. In this post, Pooja Kumari introduces the NSPCC’s new Wild West Web […]

September 14th, 2018|Featured, In the news|0 Comments|
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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]

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    Critical digital literacy: Ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Critical digital literacy: Ten key readings for our distrustful media age

Misinformation and distrust are the characteristics of our time and make the question of how to promote critical digital literacy particularly important. Here, Gianfranco Polizzi suggests ten texts that offer a framework for thinking about how to approach it. Gianfranco is a PhD researcher at the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. Employing a mixed qualitative methodology, his PhD looks at the intersection of […]