The 10th Anniversary special issue of the Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM) is here!  Called JOCAM NEXT, the issue includes forward-looking pieces about the future of research on children & media, from some of the leading thinkers in our field. Link to the special issue here - articles are free to download, for a limited time. 

Also included is Vicky Rideout's commentary on why it makes sense to continue doing our best to measure the time children and teens spend with various types of media, using quantitative, nationally representative, probabilistic samples - despite the many challenges of doing so.  The article includes lots of key data from the recent Common Sense Census: Media Use By Tweens and Teens, now available in an academic journal. 

 

danah boyd puts the 'spotlight' on Vicky Rideout in the latest issue of the International Communications Association's newsletter for the Division on Children, Adolescents & Media  - read the interview >

A study with Kevin Clark (George Mason University) and Kimberly Scott (Arizona State University), also for the Gates Foundation about access to, use of, and attitudes about digital technology among African-American youth and their parents. (Fall, 2016)

 



October 2015:  Participated in a panel discussion with Professor Craig Watkins at a strategic planning retreat for the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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October 2015:  Facilitated a session at the National Academy of Science's colloquium on Digital Media and Developing Minds in Irvine, California, which brought together neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, child development experts, pediatricians, media effects specialists, social scientists, experts in informatics and computer sciences, public health and environmental health scientists, educators and child advocacy groups to develop a common research agenda.

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March 2015:  Presentation to a National Academies of Science workshop on changing behavioral health social norms.  Presentation focused on evaluationing the effects of health content embedded in the popular entertainment television show show Grey's Anatomy. Watch the workshop here.
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October 2014:  Presentation about trends in digital media use among young children, and the ongoing importance of the digital divide, at the Digital Kids Summit. Watch a video of the presentation here 

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July 2014:  Panel presentation at the Casual Connect conference in San Francsico.  Read the article "Vicky Rideout Believes in the Power of Media," or watch the panel video here.
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June 2014:  Luncheon speaker at the Association of American Publishers conference Content in Context.  

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March 2013:  Participated in a panel discussion with Participant Media, The Ad Council, and others at SXSW Interactive in Austin. Topic: Content integration for social causes. Listen to Podcast >
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July 2012:  Spoke at The Aspen Institute Children’s Forum, on a panel about video games and health.
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May 2012:  Served on The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, in collaboration with HBO’s series The Weight of the NationRead the Committee’s reportwatch the HBO specials, or read the New England Journal of Medicine’s commentary on our Committee’s recommendations.


Report on online privacy for Common Sense Media 
Most kids today live their lives online, immersed in a mobile and digital landscape. This brave new world has revolutionized childhood. Kids and teens now create and consume enormous amounts of online and mobile content. Their access to people and information presents both possibilities and problems. While the Internet is a platform for innovation and economic growth and brings rich resources for entertainment and learning, the very nature of digital interaction creates deep concerns about kids’ privacy.

Today, our kids are growing up in public. Whatever they text or post can be searched, copied, pasted, distributed, collected, and viewed by vast invisible audiences. Parents rightly fear that their children’s activities and personal information are being tracked and traced. 

Tracking and profiling children online has quickly become a widespread practice. The Wall Street Journal recently found that 4,123 cookies and other pieces of tracking technology were installed on a test computer that was used to visit the top 50 websites for children and teens – 30% more than a Journal test of the top 50 overall sites, which are generally aimed at adults.

So what privacy protections do our children have – and what protections should they have? At the moment, there’s mainly a law written in 1998, when Google was just beginning and Facebook and Zynga didn’t exist. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits the collection of “personally identifiable” information – including name, phone number, email or street address, and Social Security number – from children ages 12 and under without parental consent. COPPA remains the cornerstone policy protecting children’s online privacy, but the technological advances that have occurred since 1998 make COPPA woefully out of date for keeping children safe from new threats to their privacy. Read More >