Privacy & safety

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    Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

Social media data: tracing family and children’s data flows

In this post Veronica Barassi considers how social media platforms are gathering and using our data. Her latest research finds that young children’s data is being collected directly through targeted products, and indirectly via family or household members according to the terms that apply to adults. Veronica Barassi is an anthropologist and Faculty Member in the Department of Media and […]

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    IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

IoToys are here to stay, and it’s time we moved beyond media panics and hype

In this post Giovanna Mascheroni and Donell Holloway explain why we need to consider the social context and consequences of children’s use of internet-connected toys and devices. They draw upon findings from their recently published book “The Internet of Toys: Practices, Affordances and the Political Economy of Children’s Smart Play”. Giovanna Mascheroni is a senior lecturer in Sociology of Media and Communications at the Department […]

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    What is the Children’s Data and Privacy Online project all about?

What is the Children’s Data and Privacy Online project all about?

In this post, Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their study of how children themselves understand their data and privacy online, conducted as part of  ICO-funded research. Evidence has shown that children are particularly unaware of issues surrounding commercial use of data. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and […]

Parenting For a Digital Future April 2019 Roundup

As we prepare to break for the Easter holidays, we take a look back at our posts so far this year. [Header image credit: E. Tjallinks-CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0]

Children’s rights and privacy 

Once more the rights of the child and the protection of their privacy online have been key concerns. Last week, we reflected on the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the […]

11 key readings on children’s data and privacy online

The almost daily news stories on data privacy and data breaches – including those affecting children – raise urgent questions as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked,  collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand their data and privacy online conducted as part of an ICO-funded research. [Header image credit: Photo […]

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    Vulnerable offline and at risk online: tackling children’s safety

Vulnerable offline and at risk online: tackling children’s safety

Children who are vulnerable offline are more likely to encounter multiple risks online – but current advice on safety fails to take into account their differing levels of resilience. In this post, Adrienne Katz and Dr Aiman El Asam outline the findings from a major UK study into the links between online and offline vulnerability and recommend changes for […]

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    Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

Children’s personal privacy online – it’s neither personal nor private

To mark Data Privacy Day on Monday and the launch of a new ICO-funded report, this post considers the implications of the intensified monitoring and data gathering which children are increasingly being subjected to. It also asks how children understand privacy online and what this means for services, regulation and policy. Rishita Nandagiri, Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova discuss their systematic evidence-mapping of studies of […]

The online safety education challenge for schools

While it is important to highlight the risks which the internet may pose to children, a balance must be struck when it comes to online safety which acknowledges the many benefits and opportunities the internet offers. In this post, Colin Green outlines how the UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s (UKCCIS) Educating Children for a Connected World framework may help in […]

January 30th, 2019|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|

The Data in our Faces

A recent encounter at a London airport leads Veronica Barassi to reflect on the increasingly pervasive nature of facial recognition technology, and the implications of such data capture for our children’s privacy and surveillance. Veronica Barassi is an anthropologist and Faculty Member in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London, where she convenes the BA Anthropology and Media […]

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    Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Conceptualising privacy online: what do, and what should, children understand?

Post-Cambridge-Analytica, and post-GDPR, children are becoming increasingly aware of how their data is being used online but there are still limits to their digital literacy. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Mariya Stoilova and Rishita Nandagiri discuss how they are conceptualising issues of privacy and personal data in their latest ICO-funded research into children’s understanding of privacy and data use […]