Latest roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future

Over the summer, the team from Parenting for a Digital Future at the LSE released a policy brief about ‘screen time', arguing that many parents' fears of digital devices are based on out-dated advice. Together with the Media Policy Project, they held an invite-only event, which brought together researchers, policy-makers, advocates and content and platform providers to discuss what new advice to families about ‘screen time' should look like. An event summary is here, and on YouTube.

The brief was covered on the Digital Media and Learning, Mumsnet and Children's Media Foundation blogs, and argued that parents need better advice and support, linked to evidence, acknowledging that many children are using digital media to learn, connect and create, and that many parents are now ‘digital natives' themselves. This is especially important for families who don't fit ‘one size fits all' advice – for example families with children with special educational needs and disabilities (among many others). We need to find a middle way between fear and hype, as Sonia Livingstone argued on the US National Public Radio Education blog, and Alicia Blum-Ross argued on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.
 
There have been follow-up posts from Alice Webb (Director of BBC Children's) who shared her take on how to develop relevant, accessible, safe children's content for the next generation, Angharad Rudkin (a clinical psychologist and lecturer) and on how to assess age-appropriate content, and Madeleine de Cock Buning (Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services - ERGA) on new approaches to regulation in children's media content. Mark Griffiths (Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham-Trent University) also contributed a provocative post on how you can assess whether a young person is ‘addicted' to internet use.
 
The Parenting for a Digital future team have also recently published an article on ‘sharenting', questioning where a parent's right to share about their children ends online. Feedback and reactions are most welcome!
 
The blog is edited by Svenja Ottovordemgentschenfelde, please get in touch if there is something you would like to contribute, and click here get alerts about future posts, if you haven't already.
 
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