Reflections

Digital parenting or ‘just’ parenting?

Has ‘digital parenting’ simply become another dimension of parenting, as ‘traditional’ parenting spills over into the ‘online’ world, with social skills, sexuality education, a healthy balance in children’s activities, social and emotional learning, and values such as respect all be transposed to online settings? Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Confederation of Family Organisations in […]

October 5th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|
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    Book review: Reclaiming conversation – The power of talk in a digital age

Book review: Reclaiming conversation – The power of talk in a digital age

Wendy M. Grossman reviews Sherry Turkle’s most recent book, Reclaiming conversation: The power of talk in a digital age. Wendy explores how human connection has changed and how families must negotiate how they allow technology to disrupt their lives. She writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of the Enigma Award and she has released a number of books, articles, […]

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    The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, examines the challenges facing parents in how to determine what degree of screen time is harmful or beneficial for their children. Her piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about […]

(Mediated) parenting wars: A new mum’s account

Natural birth, breastfeeding, dummies – the debates and online discussions can be vicious, keyboard warriors lashing out from the safety of their anonymity – but what’s a new mum to do? Ranjana Das, a new mum herself, finds out first hand. Ranjana is a lecturer at the University of Leicester researching media audiences, and the mediation of childbirth. [Header […]

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    The content and context of screen use is more important that the amount of screen time

The content and context of screen use is more important that the amount of screen time

Mark Griffiths reflects on the realities, implications and consequences of “screen time” in the context of gaming. He argues that it is not about the amount of screen use, but rather about its content and context. His piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a […]

An international approach to the protection of minors

Following a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about families and “screen time”, authored by Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, Madeleine de Cock Buning reflects on proposals by ERGA to develop Europe-wide categorisations for potentially harmful content, in tandem with national age classifications. Madeleine is […]

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    School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

Jen Persson  discusses the background and implications of the Department for Education’s policy and practice on collecting and sharing the personal data of 20 million children in the National Pupil Database. There has been no public or parliamentary consultation on recently proposed changes to collect pupils’ country of birth and other personal data, and this raises significant questions of trust and privacy invasion. Jen is […]

The future of children’s media: a view from the BBC

Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and BBC North, explores some of the challenges facing the BBC as it considers how to deliver exciting and diverse content for children whilst adapting to technological advances. This post coincides with the publication of a new policy brief about families and ‘screen time’,¹ authored by Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, and published by the LSE’s Media Policy Project. […]

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    #Parentfails and triumphs – favourite podcasts and learning from others

#Parentfails and triumphs – favourite podcasts and learning from others

Alicia Blum-Ross tells us how she, as a researcher and mum, keeps up with debates on parenting and technology. She listens to podcasts on her daily commute and she shares some of her favourite ones. Alicia is a researcher at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. She is interested in youth media production and is part of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project. [Header image […]

Book review: Parenting out of control

Charlotte Faircloth discusses Margeret Nelson’s book Parenting out of control and discusses how class affects parents’ use of technology. Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. She is also a Visiting Scholar and founding member of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) at the University of Kent. […]