The children’s commissioner for England is calling on internet giants and toy-makers to be more transparent about the data they are collecting on children (BBC). She has published a report: ‘Who Knows What About Me‘. I was asked by Talk Radio to think about the ethics of putting photos of your kids online, and at what age you should start asking for consent, what it means for data harvesting and online marketing, how it might affect people’s on/offline behaviour as they get older.


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Just came off the phone (half hour ago) with @eamonnholmes on @TalkRadio- talking about sharenting and data harvesting of kids data. BTW – I took Marmite with me to Brazil when I lived there for 6 months in 1994.

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Here’s the audio:

and the segment was apparently reused later in the programme (thankfully with a reference to Manchester Metropolitan University!)

Preparation Notes:

Articles Drawn Upon:

Articles I’ve written/quoted in:

Some stuff from LSE Children/Media Project:

something from The Conversation (March 2018), and this piece of data harvesting and marketers.

A few comments from friends:

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