Produced by The Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
Affiliated with the University of California's systemwide
Humanities Research Institute
The MacArthur Foundation
Feed in Research
How do very young children interact with technology, what kinds of agency do they demonstrate, and how is this mediated by the sociocultural context? These were some of the questions recently explored by research looking at preschoolers conducted by Nathaly Gonzalez-Acevedo and the Short-Term Scientific Mission in Helsinki, in collaboration with the University of Helsinki and the Playful Learning Center. […]
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 Political […]
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 which examines the latest trends in media use for children aged 0-4 in the UK. Jenny Ehren is Associate Research Director at . Her areas of expertise include education and careers, resilience and mental wellbeing among young people, and general media use.
Children from poorer families often use media as a coping strategy to deal with the challenges of everyday life, while parents’ mediation strategies fail to take a child-centred approach, according to a new 12-year study. This post draws from Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink’s recently published co-authored book “Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media” which examined how socially disadvantaged families use media. Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink was […]
In this post, which was originally published at the end of last year, Anne Collier considers the major challenges of and recent innovations in the monitoring and moderation of live-streamed content on social media platforms. This is an issue which has since been brought to the fore when the tragic terrorist attacks in New Zealand in March were live-streamed on social […]
The UK’s gambling laws are failing to keep pace with the emergence of new forms of gambling that are infiltrating children’s gaming practices. In this post, Lulu Freemont outlines how the gaming industry and policy-makers must work together to ensure that children are protected from such risks and that parents are made aware of the dangers. Lulu Freemont has recently completed a […]
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 internet is now 30 years old, making it the same age as the key formulation of children’s rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the intervening years, our understanding of the transformative effects of the internet on both society and children have developed in tandem. In this post Sonia Livingstone outlines some of the issues raised by […]
11 key readings on children’s data and privacy and online The almost daily news stories on and data – including those – raise as everyday activities and actions generate data that are recorded, tracked, collated, analysed and monetised by a range of actors. , and discuss their systematic evidence mapping of studies of how children themselves understand their data and privacy online conducted as part of an [Header image credit: Photo by Kaboompics.com from Pexels] Often the digital pioneers, children tend to be the of the digital age, encountering risks before many adults are aware of them or able to to .
MIT researchers are developing playful assessments to measure student growth. This is the second part of a two-part story by Emily Tate looking at how one school is piloting the MIT research on playful assessments. In this new model, learning – and measuring that learning – looks a lot like playing. Read part one for background. Emily Tate is a reporter at […]
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 […]