Reflections

Your child and age-appropriate content

How can we protect our children from the new digital social situations that they increasingly find themselves in? Alex Harvey points out the problems with setting controls for age-appropriate content. Alex is the content manager for Yoti, a digital identity system. Interested in what technology will create in the future, he has a background in working with start-ups and […]

Hello from the other side of music video regulation

If we were rating music videos from the 80s, would Boy George’s be considered too subversive? The scantily clad women on Addicted to Love not for our children’s eyes? Or should common sense prevail? Rafal Zaborowski is an LSE Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications. He is interested in music reception and social practices of listening, the […]

​Mining data and the database state

It used to be ‘Big Brother is watching you’, and we worried about CCTV, but today’s children are being watched in their ‘real’ lives as in their virtual lives. So what right do they have to privacy? Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at this issue, with some startling findings. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. […]

Book review: Kids in the middle

Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at Vikki Katz’s work on how children of immigrants ‘broker’ for their parents, focusing on Hispanic families in Los Angeles. In particular, she explores the impact of digital technology, and how this is helping or hindering in the brokering process. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She […]

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    If we can’t prove the internet makes children unhappy, we shouldn’t lay the blame at its door

If we can’t prove the internet makes children unhappy, we shouldn’t lay the blame at its door

Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at increasing concerns around young people’s mental health and the implication that the internet is at fault. She argues that there is not enough research evidence to support this and many other causes for children’s problems are being ignored. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of […]

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    What are pre-schoolers doing with tablets and is it good for them?

What are pre-schoolers doing with tablets and is it good for them?

The undeniable reality is that ever younger children are gaining access to tablets, becoming proficient tablet users, but is this really in their best interests, developmentally? Sonia Livingstone highlights the findings of a recent report looking into young children’s digital play and opportunities. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more […]

February 29th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|4 Comments|

Are the trolls winning?

Guest blogger Wendy M. Grossman finds that it’s hard for parents and teachers to guide children to avoid bullying (online and off) when so many adults behave so visibly so badly. She takes a closer looks at bad behaviour online, and how to avoid ‘feeding’ the trolls while maintaining ‘freedom of speech’. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and […]

February 15th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    More online risks for parents to worry about, says new Safer Internet Day research

More online risks for parents to worry about, says new Safer Internet Day research

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Parents are worried about their children’s online privacy, but what are their options? Filtering content, invasive protection measures, or turning the internet off? Today is Safer Internet Day and Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at children’s exposure to online hate. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than […]

February 9th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|5 Comments|

Parenting for a digital future: recent highlights of 2015

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Since launching in March, this blog has surpassed our expectations, with guest contributors from around the world and posts from our team giving you wrap-ups of the latest news, research and advice about parenting, children and technology. In just eight short months we’ve grown to multiple thousands of readers each week, so this is our chance to say thank you for your support this […]

January 11th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    Reading the runes to anticipate children’s digital futures

Reading the runes to anticipate children’s digital futures

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Technology use is changing fast, which makes things difficult for parents trying to prepare their children for the future. Sonia Livingstone looks at the recent CHILDWISE report¹ and provides four key messages to help predict what’s coming. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience in media […]