The importance of video game literacy for healthy parenting

Many children enjoy playing video games, yet they offer distinct challenges and opportunities arising from their ability to tell stories, invite participation, create imaginary worlds and connect players. Andy Robertson outlines how parents, by taking a more holistic approach, can develop their own video game literacy and guide their children towards a healthy video game experience. Andy is a freelance journalist specialising in video games for […]

September 5th, 2018|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|

Parenting for a Digital Future July 2018 roundup

With summer holidays on the horizon, here’s our roundup of recent posts from the Parenting for a Digital Future blog. [Header image credit: P. Morris, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Privacy, safety and rights online

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force at the end of May, we asked how this will impact on children’s privacy and right to participate online, […]

Media and mental health: time to get serious?

In a response to a previous blog on this site about the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why, Richard Graham presents his perspective as a practising psychiatrist on the issues that it raised around media portrayal and reporting of suicide, and suicide more broadly. Richard argues that such debates present an important opportunity to create greater public awareness of the issues surrounding […]

‘Safe’ information in the digital world

Providing parents with information about the digital world and all of its challenges is important, but the amount of information available is overwhelming – a quick Google search using the phrase ‘internet safety’ returns 95,600,000 results. In this information-rich environment, we need to focus on which information is likely to ensure that children remain safe while also making sure […]

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    What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

What will the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mean for children’s privacy and rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has attracted widespread attention and comment in recent weeks, comes into force on 25 May 2018. Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, reflects on some of the challenges of the new rules as they relate to children, arguing that had children been consulted and their perspectives […]

Children online: Two books that accentuate the positive

In this post, Wendy M Grossman reviews two books: First, Screenwise by Devorah Heitner which provides advice on guiding kids through the digital world. Then, Worried About the Wrong Things by Jacqueline Ryan Vickery which urges more focus on the opportunities available to children online. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of […]

Parenting for a Digital Future Roundup March 2018

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Minimising risks and maximising opportunities

A major focus in 2018 has been the potential risks that children may face online, and how children and young people, supported by their parents and educators, take steps to minimise these. We have reported on the rise in the number of children being exposed to online hate speech […]

Parenting for a Digital Future 2017 Roundup

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As the year winds to a close we look back and we look forward. Back, to the posts and debates we’ve recently shared questioning the legal ramifications of sharenting, whether children should learn to code, and how to tell your child’s school to check the evidence if they tell you tech is to be […]

December 21st, 2017|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    ‘I’m not just a mom’: Parents as creators, collaborators and learners in creative computing

‘I’m not just a mom’: Parents as creators, collaborators and learners in creative computing

Family Creative Learning was designed to support intergenerational interactions in the context of computing, and this post explores the technological and the creative possibilities for families learning together. Ricarose Roque discusses the programme and the series of workshops hosted at a local community centre, where parents and children engaged with the Scratch programming language and the Makey Makey invention kit. One […]

December 6th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|

Digital driver’s licence

What kind of online safety messaging resonates with young people? What tools and strategies are most effective for improving digital literacy? In this post, Jeremy Blackman describes the digital driver’s licence.  Created by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, an Australian online education resource, this resource focuses on exploring the nuance of online engagement alongside ethical and moral maxims. Jeremy is Senior Advisor, […]

October 18th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|