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Global Kids Online – Update

Global Kids Online recently developed a research toolkit for the study children’s online risks, opportunities, and rights in the digital age. Freely available online, the research toolkit aims to facilitate the gathering of global evidence on children’s online experiences.   Global Kids Online has been working to expand the research evidence from middle- and low-income countries where children are now gaining internet access. A comparative research synthesis summarises country […]

Children’s Media Conference (CMC) 2017 – Research Strand Call for Papers

The CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee is delighted to announce this year’s call for papers to be presented at the 2017 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on the 5 & 6 of July. Introduction: The Research Strand of the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a crucially important and popular part of this annual event, which attracts […]

Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age

Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Mariya Stoilova recently convened conference on Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age asks some telling questions on children’s ‘rights’ in a digital age. Most of the presentation files are available here under ‘Programme’ Concerns that children’s rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital […]

“Screen time” advice for a new generation of “digital” parents

by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross Department of Media & Communications, LSE   While earning less than £15,000 per year from her work in a budget supermarket, single mother Cecilia Apau has bought a desktop computer, a laptop, two tablets and two smartphones for her three children over the past four years, for use alongside […]

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‘Children with Learning Disabilities as Digital Audiences’: fully funded PhD opportunity

Applications are invited for a full PhD studentship in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, to work in collaboration with the Children’s Department at BBC Scotland. The aim of the project is to explore the provision and design of digital media by the BBC for older children with learning disabilities. This will […]

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Preschool child development and TV: revisiting CMC 2015

As a researcher living and working in Sheffield, I’m incredibly lucky that the industry-led Children’s Media Conference takes place every year right here in my home city. Working in academia provides no end of opportunities to engage in incredible conferences world-wide, but the chance to break out of the academic ‘bubble’ and spend a few days in the company […]

Scary children’s media: what are we so afraid of?

Channel 5 caused a stir last month when they aired the classic 1978 animated film Watership Down on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. Aside from Art Garfunkel’s tear-jerking song ‘Bright Eyes’, the film is infamous for the gore and violence inflicted upon, and by, rabbits that we would prefer to think of as cuddly and […]

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Parents express concerns as more toddlers switch on tablet computers

Most parents have profound concerns about their children reading digital books on tablets. In a new survey of 1,500 parents of under-eights in the UK about their attitudes to children’s use of technology and digital books at home, we found that only 8% have no concerns about them using tablets to read. For using digital […]

Kids in the driving seat: personalised digital & printed books

On Friday, 25th of September 2015, academics and three key UK publishers of children’s personalised books met at The Open University, London Camden, to discuss the current status quo and future of children’s personalised books. Personalised books are books which use key information of the reader (in this case of the child), such as their name, […]

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Which digital books work best in the classroom?

The argument over whether children’s digital books count as educational storytime or just screentime has been going on for a while. Given that digital interactive books (often called storyapps) are hybrids of books, short films and digital games, their educational value largely depends on whether they are used to promote specific literacy skills or just […]

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