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 […]
Common Sense Media’s latest report, co-authored with USC Annenberg, into the ‘new normal’ of media use in UK families reveals that while parents report a sense of anxiety and some conflict with their teens around media, most believe that digital technologies have actually reduced tensions. Despite anxiety, both parents and teens are largely optimistic about the benefits their devices bring, writes Sonia Livingstone. Sonia is Professor of Social […]
A Swedish survey has claimed that social media use negatively affects the self esteem of young people. But such studies must take into account the complex intertwining of online and offline worlds, and recognise that a sharp distinction between life, relationships, and communication online and offline is no longer meaningful. Stine Liv Johansen is an Associate Professor at the Centre […]