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Media literacy: what are the challenges and how can we move towards a solution? As governments seek to tackle a variety of problems of the digital age, media (or digital) literacy , partly because it is far less controversial than attempting to regulate the internet. LSE Professor , chair of the , stresses the complexity of the challenges involved in improving media literacy, and the first steps that policy makers should take. This post is based on her presentation at a UNESCO event for . about media literacy, I was glad to observe that, as in society, there is growing emphasis on the importance of ensuring that people have the media literacy not only to engage with the media but to engage with society through the media.
Mobile phone use has had an impact on family dynamics in rural India. An ethnographic study of communities in West Bengal has shown that children are gaining more influence within family networks thanks to their digital skills, while women are using mobile phones to challenge male dominance in kinship systems. Sirpa Tenhunen is professor of social and cultural anthropology at […]
Teens’ media practices are influenced by their parents’ attitudes to gender equality, according to recent research in the US by Plan International. The study also found that teens – particularly those from ethnic minorities – would like more education on issues such as consent, equality and safety online. This post considers how both parents and educators might address such concerns. Kate […]
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 practitioners […]
While children in Norway are often referred to as ‘digital natives’, new research by EU Kids Online suggests that this is an inappropriate term. It discovered that although children often understand concepts related to the internet, they can’t always apply the practical skills related to those concepts. The findings suggest that children may need more support online. Niamh Ní Bhroin […]
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 at […]
Changing media habits mean having a conversation with children is more important than ever To mark , this post takes a look at ’s latest reports into children’s media use and discusses how a decline in family viewing impacts on what strategies parents can use to ensure that their children stay safe online. Gianfranco Polizzi and Kate Gilchrist suggest that while screen time rules are popular, having regular conversations with children may be more effective. and are both third-year PhD researchers at the .
Sonia Livingstone and Dongmiao Zhang discuss the major findings from the latest Parenting for a Digital Future study, and outline why socio-economic status and parental education 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 Master […]
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 how […]
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 may help in teaching children how to use the internet with respect and responsibility, and the critical role that schools have to play in developing online safety education. Colin Green is the Director of Education at a company that provides cloud solutions and services for the education sector.
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. , 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. led the research project while she was the Research Officer on the project and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE. From checking homework assignments while playing with schoolmates, to ordering the family shopping via devices, digital technologies are firmly embedded in the present and future lives of families.
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. is founder and executive director of The Net Safety Collaborative, home of the US’s for schools. She has been writing about youth and digital media at NetFamilyNews.
Inequalities in the home influence children’s digital opportunities Today releases in its 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 shaping children’s digital lives and why.
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 more […]
The social implications of teens leaving Facebook Wealthier teens in the developed world are shunning Facebook and switching to image- and video-based social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat. In this post, considers the potential consequences for political engagement and inequality. David is an alumnus of the and his research interests include digital divides and digital media literacy, privacy in online contexts, mediated interpersonal interaction, the political economy of the social web and other internet applications, online journalism and the interconnections between new media, the mass medias and politics.
Parenting for a Digital Future December 2018 roundup As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at our recent posts and ahead to what’s new for 2019. [Header image credit: C. Sunter, CC BY-ND 2.0.jpg] Children’s privacy and data online Post-GDPR and post-Cambridge Analytica, privacy remained a major topic for discussion, from children’s data that we willingly post on social media when ‘’, to that which is captured as we move through security spaces such as . We also launched our on how children themselves online, how this impacts on their capacity to give informed consent, and how different contexts present new challenges.
The Impact of Social Media project aims to provide highly interactive student-centred classroom activities for use both within and beyond the classroom. The open-access materials were designed to support the curricula in the UK and Hong Kong, but have since been taken up by teachers and students internationally. Laura Pountney is a teacher in sociology, a senior examiner for anthropology and the author of several textbooks. Laura also […]