Media representation of children’s privacy in the context of the use of “smart” toys and commercial data collection

Tijana Milosevic, Patricia Dias, Charles Mifsud, Christine W. Trueltzsch-Wijnen

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Abstract

The growing use of “smart” toys has made it increasingly important to understand the various privacy implications of their use by children and families. The article is a case study of how the risks to young children’s privacy, posed by the commercial data collection of producers of “smart” toys, were represented in the media. Relying on a content analysis of media coverage in twelve European countries and Australia collected during the Christmas season of 2016/2017, and reporting on a follow-up study in selected countries during the Christmas season of 2017/2018, our article illustrates how the issue of children’s privacy risks was dealt with in a superficial manner, leaving relevant stakeholders without substantive information about the issue; and with minimum representation of children’s voices in the coverage itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-26
Number of pages21
JournalMedijske Studije
Volume9
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Children’s rights
  • Commercial data collection
  • Internet of things
  • Privacy

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