New report examines the impact of the Internet of Toys
The Internet of Toys (IoToys) is part of the growing world of the Internet of Things (IoT). While certain internet-connected toys are part of some children's daily lives (such as toys-to-life which connect to video games), they are yet to become an everyday experience for most young children. Nonetheless, the diffusion of internet-connected toys is expected to grow significantly in the next few years.
A new report, "The Internet of Toys: A report on media and social discourses around young children and IoToys" aims to provide a critical introduction to the Internet of Toys, by setting its conceptual boundaries and discussing the theoretical, methodological and policy challenges it raises. It also reports on the findings of a small comparative project carried out as part of the activities of Working Group 4 of the COST Action DigiLitEY (The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children).
At this stage, internet-connected toys are an emerging market, thus making empirical research on their appropriation and use in the everyday lives of children and their families difficult. As a consequence, and in order to understand whether and how IoToys have entered play discourses, the report examines the discursive environment of smart toys, i.e. its representations in media commentaries and commercial advertisements. The report also looks at issues around the framing of risks around smart toys (such as privacy, health, and quality of play), the Internet of Toys and gender representations, and good parenting discourses.
Read the full report on the DigiLitEY website.
- BIK Team
Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2017 takes place today, Thursday, 23 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "From children's tech to resilient youth – how to foster wellbeing online?", the SIF agenda includes sessions on children and robotic toys, building resilience with vulnerable groups, whether we should verify age online, and the scale of the challenge being faced in tackling child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
Check out the agenda and Forum brochure now.
- BIK Team
Take a look at some of the #insafe2017 Training Meeting highlights on the topic of Internet of Toys.
- Insafe network
Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, exchanging knowledge and expertise about the latest online issues and trends and how it may impact on the work of awareness centres and helplines in Europe.
- Forbrukerrådet/Center for Digital Democracy
In the December 2016 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin, we focused on online advertising and the commericalisation of children and young people, citing growing concerns regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) and its extension into the Internet of Toys with regards to the privacy of ‘consumer' data. Here, we pick up on the story, sharing the concerns of consumer organisations across the globe.