Policy

The internet of toys

With the rapid expansion in ‘smart’, interconnected toys, what is being done to regulate, for example, the data they generate? Giovanna Mascheroni looks into some of the hopes and concerns surrounding the internet of toys. Giovanna is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica, Milan and visiting fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. […]

January 27th, 2017|Featured, Reflections|3 Comments|

Follow the money

Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE), explores the power and control of private companies over internet access and usage. His piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a policy brief about families and […]

The need for parity of protection

Julia Fossi explores the diverse interests of children and the rich lives they lead online. She argues that to reflect the modern experiences of children, steps must now be taken to equally protect them online and offline. Julia is Acting Head of Child Safety Online at the NSPCC, where she is responsible for all policy and the charity’s related programme of work in relation […]

December 5th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|

The limits of parental consent in an algorithmic world

Data protection reform is set to take place throughout the European Union when the General Data Protection Regulation becomes law in May 2018. Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, discusses questions around the age of consent for data collection and processing, and its implications for teenagers and their parents. [Header image credit: A. […]

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    To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To be 13 or 16, that is the question: the implications for UK teenagers of the European General Data Protection Regulation

To discuss the issues arising from the General Data Protection Regulation’s provision that under 16 year-olds will need parental consent before accessing social media or other online services, the LSE’s Media Policy Project, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s Evidence Group, the Centre for Digital Democracy and the School of Communication at American University met in a round […]

November 23rd, 2016|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

Wendy M. Grossman provides a non-lawyer’s first stab at thinking though what the UK can and cannot change if and when the government pulls the trigger to begin exit negotiations from the EU. She discusses how children may grow up in a vastly different national landscape than the one we know today. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace […]

Digital parenting or ‘just’ parenting?

Has ‘digital parenting’ simply become another dimension of parenting, as ‘traditional’ parenting spills over into the ‘online’ world, with social skills, sexuality education, a healthy balance in children’s activities, social and emotional learning, and values such as respect all be transposed to online settings? Martin Schmalzried, a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at the Confederation of Family Organisations in […]

October 5th, 2016|Featured, Reflections|1 Comment|
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    The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

The Screen: What does it mean for our kids and how can we help?

Angharad Rudkin, child clinical psychologist at the University of Southampton, examines the challenges facing parents in how to determine what degree of screen time is harmful or beneficial for their children. Her piece follows a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project and Parenting for a Digital Future on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about […]

An international approach to the protection of minors

Following a special workshop¹ convened by the Media Policy Project on ‘Families and “screen-time”: challenges of media self-regulation’ and the publication of a new policy brief about families and “screen time”, authored by Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone, Madeleine de Cock Buning reflects on proposals by ERGA to develop Europe-wide categorisations for potentially harmful content, in tandem with national age classifications. Madeleine is […]

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    School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

School census changes add concerns to the richest education database in the world

Jen Persson  discusses the background and implications of the Department for Education’s policy and practice on collecting and sharing the personal data of 20 million children in the National Pupil Database. There has been no public or parliamentary consultation on recently proposed changes to collect pupils’ country of birth and other personal data, and this raises significant questions of trust and privacy invasion. Jen is […]