Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Executive Board, UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) (Confirmed)
Sonia Livingstone OBE is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Sonia 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 serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and she is one of the key government advisors on privacy rights in the Data Protection Bill and GDPR. She has served on the Department of Education's Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, the Home Secretary’s Taskforce for Child Protection on the Internet and the boards of Voice of the Listener and Viewer and the Internet Watch Foundation. She has advised Ofcom, Department for Education, Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, BBC, The Byron Review, UNICEF, ITU, OECD, European Commission, Council of Europe, European Parliament, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Her wider empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies, including for children and young people at home and school, for developments in media and digital literacies, and for audiences, publics and the public sphere more generally, with a recent focus on children’s rights in the digital age: see Global Kids Online, expert seminar report, publications and call for papers. She leads the project, Preparing for a Digital Future, both part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She directed the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Better Internet for Kids programme, with impacts in the UK and Europe. She participated in the European COST action, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, and leads ECREA's Children, Youth and Media group. She is currently researching parents' responses to the online commercial environment for their children. She gave a recent TEDX talk on How children engage with the internet.