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ClassDojo poses data protection concerns for parents

Ben Williamson and Alasdair Rutherford raise a series of concerns about the globally popular classroom management app ClassDojo. They argue that as ClassDojo has grown into a new social media site for schools, it poses a number of risks in relation to data protection and child privacy, and to how children, teachers and parents interact. Ben and Alasdair are […]

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    What are the effects of touchscreens on toddler development?

What are the effects of touchscreens on toddler development?

Should you let your toddler use an iPad? Do we know how touchscreen devices affect infants and toddlers? Celeste Cheung is a postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck University of London and works on the TABLET project, which investigate how 6- to 36-month olds use touchscreen devices, and how these may impact their brain, cognitive and social development. Celeste discusses how preliminary study findings […]

The peculiar joylessness of neuroparenting

Jan Macvarish interrogates the ‘new’ science of neuroparenting, and the idea that parents are the ‘architects’ of their babies’ brains and therefore of their future happiness and life chances. She argues that this assumption has a persistent cultural and political power, and explores the role of expert advice and parental instincts. Jan is a researcher and lecturer with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, […]

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    Opportunity for all? Digital equity in the lives of lower-income U.S. families

Opportunity for all? Digital equity in the lives of lower-income U.S. families

Vikki Katz shares key insights into how lower-income families in the U.S. with children in school are meaningfully connected to the internet. She argues that this is especially important to ensuring equal access to learning opportunities. Vikki is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, and Senior Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at […]

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    How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova share key insights from the Global Kids Online Synthesis Report, produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the LSE. The Global Kids Online project launched today at the Children’s Lives in the Digital Age seminar held at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, and aims to build a global network of researchers investigating the risks […]

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    New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics

New ‘screen time’ rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just revised its stance on screen time. Sonia Livingstone takes a closer look at the new recommendations and their evidence base. She argues that while the new guidelines fit better with the current circumstances of family lives, the AAP faces a dilemma: there isn’t yet a robust body of research on the effects of digital media on children, yet […]

October 21st, 2016|Featured, In the news|14 Comments|

YouTube in The Class

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 about this research project¹, The Class: living and learning in […]

The seemingly ‘closed world’ of The class

What do children ‘do’ in school? Sonia Livingstone sheds some light on the ‘mysteries’ of the school day. 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 about this research project, The Class: living and learning in the […]

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    Childhood and the pursuit of meaning in today’s connected world

Childhood and the pursuit of meaning in today’s connected world

What does it mean to be an adolescent today? Julian Sefton-Green and Sonia Livingstone spent one year with a class of 13- and 14-year-olds – at school, at home, with their friends and online – to find out what they make of everyday life. The book about this research project¹, The Class: living and learning in the digital age, was just […]

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    Researching The class: A multi-sited ethnographic exploration

Researching The class: A multi-sited ethnographic exploration

Sonia Livingstone explores how school and learning, home and family, and peer groups impact and shape children’s use of digital media. Sonia, 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. The book about this research project¹, The Class: living and learning […]