Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of eighteen books, including Children and the Internet: Great Expectations, Challenging Realities (Polity 2009), Harm and Offence in Media Content: A review of the empirical literature (with Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Intellect 2009), Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers (with Peter Lunt, Sage 2012); Children, Risk and Safety Online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective (edited with Leslie Haddon and Anke Görzig, Policy 2012) and Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People (edited with Chris Davies and John Coleman, Routledge 2014).
Sonia has been visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She is past President of the International Communication Association, ICA. She directs the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC’s Safer Internet Programme. She also directs The Class, within the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She participated in the European COST action, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, leads ECREA’s Children, Youth and Media group and blogs for the LSE Media Policy Project.
She serves on the Executive Board of the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), for which she is the Evidence Champion. 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 Parliament, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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