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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 […]

Rethinking the rights of children for the Internet Age

The internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, our understanding of the transformative effects of the internet on both society and children have developed in tandem. In this post Sonia Livingstone outlines some of the issues raised […]

11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online

The almost daily news stories on data privacy and data breaches – including those affecting children – raise urgent questions as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked,  collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand their data and privacy online conducted as part of an ICO-funded research. [Header image credit: Photo […]

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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 […]

How mobile communication shapes families in rural India

Mobile phone use has had an impact on family dynamics in rural India. An ethnographic study of communities in West Bengal has shown that children are gaining more influence within family networks thanks to their digital skills, while women are using mobile phones to challenge male dominance in kinship systems. Sirpa Tenhunen is professor of social and cultural anthropology […]