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  • Screen time for kids: Getting the balance right

    Screen time for kids: Getting the balance right

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on August 2, 2017 by Jennifer Pavlick

    Because it is #nationalplayday today, and children are out of school for summer holidays, we are discussing strategies for managing screen-time.  This post features an infographic created by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross, together with the Connected Learning Alliance, which addresses more effective methods for parents than simply 'watching the clock'.  Sonia ...more

  • The trouble with 'screen time rules'

    The trouble with 'screen time rules'

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on June 8, 2017 by Editor

    How much is too much when it comes to ‘screen time’? Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross round-up the advice that is being given to parents about screen time rules, where reports represent advice on a scale from fear to hype. Rather than measuring screentime purely by the clock, Alicia and Sonia ...more

  • Media activities in The Class

    Media activities in The Class

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on March 9, 2017 by Editor

    Sonia Livingstone, together with Julian Sefton-Green, followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online. In this post, Sonia discusses the diverse patterns of media use and digital engagement that counter the common narrative of screens simply ...more

  • Digital skills matter in the quest for the ‘holy grail’

    Digital skills matter in the quest for the ‘holy grail’

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on February 7, 2017 by Editor

    As part of the European Commission Study on the impact of marketing through social media, online games and mobile applications on children’s behaviour, Sonia Livingstone and her colleagues published an analysis of a survey of 6,400 European parents to see whether they are finding the ‘holy grail’ of managing their children’s internet use. Today ...more

  • A digital Christmas?

    A digital Christmas?

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on December 23, 2016 by Editor

    As we approach Christmas, many parents will be buying new digital products of one kind or another for their children. Sonia Livingstone argues that not all will, and not all can afford to. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of ...more

  • YouTube in The Class

    YouTube in The Class

    Parenting for a Digital Future - Published on September 26, 2016 by Editor

    Most children love YouTube, but what do they love about it? Sonia Livingstone unpacks the individual stories behind the shared fascination. Together with Julian Sefton-Green, she followed a class of London teenagers for a year to find out more about how they are, or in some cases are not, connecting online. The book ...more