Based in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Alicia Blum-Ross and Sonia Livingstone are conducting a three-year research project on Parenting for a Digital Future. Supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, this research is based on a series of qualitative case studies that investigate how children and young people, along with their parents, caretakers, mentors and educators imagine and prepare for their personal and professional futures in a digital age.
This project is part of the Connected Learning Research Network (CLRN), funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, which examines how children and young people connect their learning experiences in school, home, with peers and in interest-driven activities. CLRN advocates for parents, schools and government to support learning that reflects and is embedded in children and young people’s social worlds and interests, and helps create equal educational, economic and political opportunity.
It follows on from The Class, an ethnographic study conducted by Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green (2011-2013) which examined the emerging mix of on- and offline experiences in teenagers’ daily learning lives. This will be published as a book in 2015.
Dr Alicia Blum-Ross
Alicia is a Research Officer in Media and Communications at the LSE and is in charge of the day-to-day management of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project, including pounding the pavements to find families willing to let friendly researchers into their home to talk about their kids and digital media. Alicia’s past research has examined digital media and learning from the perspective of young people, studying participatory filmmaking and civic engagement projects for ‘at risk’ young people in London. She has a doctorate and masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Alongside her academic research Alicia has also worked as a consultant and facilitator, evaluating the impact of and managing programs for media, arts and culture-based learning organizations including BAFTA, Into Film the London Film Festival at the British Film Institute and FilmAid International. She has twin toddlers, so is glad of the opportunity to try to figure out what the deal is with screen-time.