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    TV online and on-demand: children’s changing viewing habits in the digital age

TV online and on-demand: children’s changing viewing habits in the digital age

With young children spending longer than ever watching TV and online content and using connected devices, developing and guiding children towards high-quality content is increasingly important. In this post Jenny Ehren outlines the findings from the CHILDWISE Pre-school Report 2018 which examines the latest trends in media use for children aged 0-4 in the UK. Jenny Ehren is Associate […]

From policing screen time to weighing screen use

The UK Chief Medical Officer has just released a report on screen use and the mental health and wellbeing of children. This post by Sonia Livingstone examines new research which has shown that the length of screen time for children is not as harmful as first thought, and calls for a more balanced approach. Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology […]

Preparing young Europeans for the ‘digital future’?

Heated debates focus on new and emerging technologies in the lives of children, young people, families and schools. New research, out this week, brings together the perspectives of tech industry insiders and those of young people, parents, and educators across Europe, to explore the future of tech and provide practical recommendations. Alicia Blum-Ross led the research project while she was the Research […]

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    7 great developments in internet safety that happened in 2018

7 great developments in internet safety that happened in 2018

Amidst many negative headlines throughout 2018 about safety and wellbeing of children online, there were some positive stories too. Here Anne Collier outlines developments in areas including cyberbullying, screen time, social-emotional literacy, content moderation and policy on fake news. Anne Collier is founder and executive director of The Net Safety Collaborative, home of the US’s social media helpline for schools. She has been […]

January 16th, 2019|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|
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    Beyond the Silicon Valley: IT professionals worry about their children’s digital future

Beyond the Silicon Valley: IT professionals worry about their children’s digital future

In a study of UK IT professionals about children’s use of digital technology, many spoke of their fears surrounding safety and screen time but also of a need to improve not only children’s technical skills but their emotional digital literacy. This post is co-written by Adi Kuntsman, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-lead of the Digital Disengagement […]

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    What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

What’s the ‘new normal’ for parents and teens online? Common Sense Media launches UK research

Common Sense Media’s latest report, co-authored with USC Annenberg, into the ‘new normal’ of media use in UK families reveals that while parents report a sense of anxiety and some conflict with their teens around media, most believe that digital technologies have actually reduced tensions. Despite anxiety, both parents and teens are largely optimistic about the benefits their devices bring, writes Sonia Livingstone. Sonia is Professor of Social […]

The importance of video game literacy for healthy parenting

Many children enjoy playing video games, yet they offer distinct challenges and opportunities arising from their ability to tell stories, invite participation, create imaginary worlds and connect players. Andy Robertson outlines how parents, by taking a more holistic approach, can develop their own video game literacy and guide their children towards a healthy video game experience. Andy is a freelance journalist specialising in video games for […]

September 5th, 2018|Featured, Reflections|0 Comments|

Banning kids from having smartphones misses the point

Recent articles have suggested that handheld devices should be banned for children. In this post, Lynn Schofield Clark, shows why that view hyperbolic and argues for a productive and valuable use of technology and screen time. Lynn is a Professor at the University of Denver who studies the choices we face as digital and mobile media change our relationships and […]

Toddlers and touchscreens: A parent’s guide

The use of touchscreens in families is changing rapidly, as is the functional capacity of touchscreens and quality of their programmes. Mixing toddlers and touchscreens can be tricky, but there are many opportunities to be had. Whether they assist children’s play at home, on long car journeys, or help them learn to love reading, it is important to consider […]

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    Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

How do the Australian Department of Health and Ageing’s new screen time guidelines sit with the latest research about screen time? In this blog Jane Mavoa highlights the problems around a lack of robust evidence informing official guidelines. Policy falls behind the latest push to focus on content and context of screen time, rather than just quantity of hours.  Jane is a […]