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10 years on: why we still need better sex education for the digital world

The UK government has recently updated its sex education guidelines. However they still fail to address important digital topics, such as sexting and online sexual harassment, in enough depth. In this post Jessica Ringrose, Amelia Jenkinson and Sophie Whitehead discuss how their policy on Technologically Facilitated Sexual Violence and Digital Defence lessons, aim to help address this gap. Jessica is a Professor […]

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    Diversity, migration and children: Locating media policy and production gaps through Euro-Arab dialogue

Diversity, migration and children: Locating media policy and production gaps through Euro-Arab dialogue

As Europe’s September season of children’s film festivals approaches, with events scheduled in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland and Ukraine, producers of animation for children are also preparing to pitch to international partners at the Cartoon Forum in the French city of Toulouse. How many of the films screened and how many pitches will reflect the increasing diversity of children […]

How do parents imagine the future for their children?

This post considers some of the findings from our latest book Parenting for a Digital Future which explores how parents imagine the future for their children, including the role of digital technology. Based on in-depth interviews of British parents, educators and children, we asked how parents are tackling the challenges of the digital media landscape. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social […]

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    The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

The need for pornography education in New Zealand’s schools, and beyond

Research has shown that many young people have been exposed to pornography, but sex education often either avoids the topic altogether or dismiss it as taboo. A recent study in New Zealand asked teenagers about the role pornography played in their lives, and found that many felt that their educational provision on the topic was lacking. In this post […]

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    Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

In this post Veronica Barassi considers how social media platforms are gathering and using our data. Her latest research finds that young children’s data is being collected directly through targeted products, and indirectly via family or household members according to the terms that apply to adults. Veronica Barassi is an anthropologist and Faculty Member in the Department of Media and […]

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    IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

In this post Giovanna Mascheroni and Donell Holloway explain why we need to consider the social context and consequences of children’s use of internet-connected toys and devices. They draw upon findings from their recently published book “The Internet of Toys: Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play”. Giovanna Mascheroni is a senior lecturer in Sociology of Media and Communications at the Department […]

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    Why the debate on reading print versus digital books needs to change

Why the debate on reading print versus digital books needs to change

The message for readers of all ages is clear: reading medium matters. Adult readers need to be more critically aware of the choices and reading strategies they use with the different reading media available to them. In this post, Natalia Kucirkova explains why emergent or young readers need to be provided with high-quality print and digital books, and optimal […]

A ladder of children’s online participation?

Findings on the online activities of children in Bulgaria, Chile and South Africa suggests a ‘ladder’ of online participation, write Sonia Livingstone and Daniel Kardefelt-Winther. Many children, especially younger ones, enjoy some of the fun and sociable opportunities that the internet provides, but do not climb the ‘ladder’ to reach the civic, informational and creative activities that are often […]

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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 […]