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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 […]

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    Overcoming cultural taboos: protecting children online in Saudi Arabia

Overcoming cultural taboos: protecting children online in Saudi Arabia

With at least 70% of children aged 8-18 in Saudia Arabia now having access to their own smartphones or tablet computers, the protection of children against online abuse has become a key issue. In this post Abeer Khalid Alsaiari outlines the latest legislation and campaigns within the Middle East aimed at tackling the issue, and why cultural taboos surrounding online […]

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 […]

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    Social media in the classroom: developing new student-centred learning

Social media in the classroom: developing new student-centred learning

The Impact of Social Media project aims to provide highly interactive student-centred classroom activities for use both within and beyond the classroom. The open-access materials were designed to support the curricula in the UK and Hong Kong, but have since been taken up by teachers and students internationally. Laura Pountney is a teacher in sociology, a senior examiner for anthropology and the author of several textbooks. Laura […]

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    Teens and parents in Japan and US agree: Mobile devices are an ever-present distraction

Teens and parents in Japan and US agree: Mobile devices are an ever-present distraction

How is the saturation of mobile phones playing out in homes and child-parent relationships? Willow Bay led a research project investigating the effects of digital devices on family life in Japan, and compared the results to studies asking similar questions of US families. In this post, she explores her findings and the ways in which Japanese and US families are similarly struggling […]

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    Competence or distraction: Why Indian parents view social media differently

Competence or distraction: Why Indian parents view social media differently

How do parents’ attitudes to social media use by their children change across socioeconomic classes in India? After conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Panchagrami, South India, Shriram Venkatraman discusses his findings about aspirations for social mobility, perspectives about social media, and differences between the higher and lower socioeconomic classes. Shriram has a PhD from University College London and currently with IIIT-Delhi, explores parents’ attitudes to social media use […]

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    Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

What role do mobile phones play in the lives of migrant children in China? In this post, Pei Huang reports on her interviews with five children about their mobile practices, emphasising the need to take into account the children’s transition from rural to urban. Pei is an Associate Professor in School of Digital Media and Design Arts, at Beijing University of […]

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    Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: A global perspective

Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: A global perspective

Sunday was Human Rights Day and Sonia Livingstone and Jasmine Byrne are discussing the global digital parenting divide. Presenting data from several countries of the Global Kids Online project, this post asks how can we support parents to support children around the world? Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience […]

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    Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

The “Parenting for a Digital Future” blog has tried to capture the diversity of families’ experiences with the internet around the world by including reflections on fieldwork conducted in many different countries. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Dafna Lemish and Sun Sun Lim highlight what they learned from working with researchers from several continents to understand the emerging nature […]

India: Digitising an unequal world

India is portrayed as being on a technological par with the West, but in this blog, Shakuntala Banaji reveals the stark reality. In the context of demonetisation, she maps Indian children’s experiences of media technologies and argues that we must recognise the disenfranchising nature of large-scale digitisation of nations. Shakuntala is an Associate Professor at London School of Economics in […]