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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Teens’ media practices are influenced by their parents’ attitudes to gender equality, according to recent research in the US by Plan International. The study also found that teens – particularly those from ethnic minorities – would like more education on issues such as consent, equality and safety online. This post considers how both parents and educators might address such […]
While children in Norway are often referred to as ‘digital natives’, new research by EU Kids Online suggests that this is an inappropriate term. It discovered that although children often understand concepts related to the internet, they can’t always apply the practical skills related to those concepts. The findings suggest that children may need more support online. Niamh Ní […]
To mark Safer Internet Day, this post takes a look at Ofcom’s latest reports into children’s media use and discusses how a decline in family viewing impacts on what strategies parents can use to ensure that their children stay safe online. Gianfranco Polizzi and Kate Gilchrist suggest that while screen time rules are popular, having regular conversations with children may be […]
Wealthier teens in the developed world are shunning Facebook and switching to image- and video-based social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat. In this post, David R Brake considers the potential consequences for political engagement and inequality. David is an alumnus of the Media department at LSE and his research interests include digital divides and digital media literacy, privacy in online contexts, mediated […]
The digital environment is fundamental to today’s sex education: nearly two decades-old sex and relationship education will be updated, finally!
The Department for Education’s consultation on changes to teaching on sex and relationship education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) recently closed. LSE’s Professor Sonia Livingstone and MSc Media Communications Governance student DaYoung Yoo give their view on what the Department should do as it considers how to improve PSHE, arguing that the digital must be a dimension of all teaching.
The Department for Education […]