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    Children with special educational needs and disabilities more likely to encounter harm online, say parents

Children with special educational needs and disabilities more likely to encounter harm online, say parents

Sonia Livingstone and Dongmiao Zhang discuss the major findings from the latest Parenting for a Digital Future study, and outline why special educational needs and disabilities are important in shaping children’s digital lives and why. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and is the lead investigator of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project. Dongmiao Zhang is a […]

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    Inequalities in the home influence children’s digital opportunities

Inequalities in the home influence children’s digital opportunities

Today Parenting for a Digital Future releases the fourth in its series of reports from our nationally representative survey of UK parents of children aged 0-17. This report highlights why digital inequalities matter in our increasingly digitalized and connected world. In this post, Sonia Livingstone and Dongmiao Zhang discuss the major findings from the study, and outline why socio-economic status and parental education are extremely important in […]

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    Digital and disability: Lessons from Family Fund’s Digital Skills programme

Digital and disability: Lessons from Family Fund’s Digital Skills programme

Family Fund is a UK charity which provides computers and tablets to lower-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children. In this post, Jenny Laycock describes the lessons learned from its latest programme, which aimed to improve families’ digital skills, and teamed up with another charity, AbilityNet, and volunteer networks to extend its support. They found that providing a […]

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    “I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning

“I use my phone like any other teenager would” – disabled children and young people’s uses of digital technologies for learning

How do teenagers with visual impairments use digital technologies to negotiate the world? A qualitative study of children aged 13-17 and their teachers in the North West of England has explored how young people are using such technologies to overcome barriers to learning, integrate themselves within the classroom and strengthen their social ties. Yet more needs to be done to support […]

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    Play for all children: Robots helping children with disabilities play

Play for all children: Robots helping children with disabilities play

Educators, psychologists, therapists and engineers teamed up under COST Action, ‘LUDI – Play for Children with Disabilities’, a network seeking to achieve a common vision: creating the right conditions for children with disabilities to simply be able to play. This post explores their work, set up by Serenella Besio, Professor of Special Education and an expert in assistive technology […]

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    Making the familiar strange: Studying the Syrian refugee crisis

Making the familiar strange: Studying the Syrian refugee crisis

Meryl Alper shares insights from her new book, Giving voice: Mobile communication, disability, and inequality. She discusses how her study of parents raising children with disabilities in the digital age also became a snapshot of the global Syrian refugee crisis. Meryl is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for […]

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    Be independent, go online! How German children and adolescents with Down’s Syndrome use the internet

Be independent, go online! How German children and adolescents with Down’s Syndrome use the internet

Children and adolescents with Down’s Syndrome face a variety of difficulties when using digital media. Nadja Zaynel argues that with the right support, those children and adolescents can fully benefit from what the internet has to offer. Nadja is a researcher in Department of Communication at the University of Münster, Germany, and her work focusses on the media use of children with […]

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    Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

Meryl Alper says the relationship between disabled children and the digital future is a complicated one. In this post, she looks at one U.S.-American family’s story and discusses how it’s characteristic of many parent’s talk of the future, digital media and its role in their disabled child’s paths and plans. She is a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University […]