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Hello and welcome to The Digital Zen Podcast.

I'm your host, Helen Roe.


The digital landscape is changing the way we love, live, parent and teach.

On this podcast I'll be talking with experts and thought leaders around the globe, sharing insights and advice to help you live calmer and happier with tech and the young teens in your life. 


Now, Get Ready for some Zen.


May 31, 2018

Sonia Livingstone OBE is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. She has published twenty books on media literacy with a particular focus on the opportunities and risks of digital media use in the everyday lives young people.

Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe and other national and international organisations on children’s rights, risks and safety in the digital age. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 'for services to children and child internet safety.' 

She is on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation’s Ethics Committee, is an Expert Advisor to the Council of Europe and was recently Special Advisor to the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Communications. 

She is currently leading the project Global Kids Online (with UNICEF Office of Research and EU Kids Online) and writing a book called Parenting for a Digital Future (Oxford University Press). Sonia is chairing LSE’s Truth, Trust and Technology Commission and participates in the European Commission-funded research networks, DigiLitEY and MakEY.

She also runs the blog Parenting Digital. 

Here's just some of what we cover in this episode:

  • Major research projects that are shaping the digital landscape and creating a safer online worlds for us all
  • The central role of media and communications within society and how that impacts our relationships with our young teens
  • Teens perspectives on their futures and their tactics for facing the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead
  • Positive ways digital media can enhance the lives of young people
  • Simple steps to responsibly consume media and navigate the prevalence of fake news, sensationalised stories and misinformation streaming 24/7
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means for the safety of our children online
  • One piece of advice you can action right now to invite some Zen into your life and the life of the young people you love


Further Resources:

Professor Sonia Livingstone LSE

Parenting for a Digital Future

Sonia's latest book: Living and Learning in the Digital Age

Global Kids Online