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Children’s Global Media Summit – Call

Do you have some research you would like to present at CGMS 2017? The call for abstracts is now open! The Children’s Global Media Summit, CGMS 2017 is looking for outstanding and insightful research submissions for the conference, taking place in Manchester on the 5-7th December 2017. CGMS 2017 will bring together content, policy, platforms, […]

“They’ll watch TV on anything”: Children’s ‘messy’ media use and blurring boundaries between media devices and practices

This blog post is part of my PhD research into parents and children’s media use in the home. In this research, I was primarily interested in the experiences of contemporary parenting with regards to media and media technology. In the process, it uncovered various issues around children’s media use in the home and parents’ understanding […]

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Global Kids Online – Update

Global Kids Online recently developed a research toolkit for the study children’s online risks, opportunities, and rights in the digital age. Freely available online, the research toolkit aims to facilitate the gathering of global evidence on children’s online experiences.   Global Kids Online has been working to expand the research evidence from middle- and low-income countries where children are now gaining internet access. A comparative research synthesis summarises country […]

Children’s Media Conference (CMC) 2017 – Research Strand Call for Papers

The CMC Research Advisory Sub-Committee is delighted to announce this year’s call for papers to be presented at the 2017 Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield on the 5 & 6 of July. Introduction: The Research Strand of the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) is a crucially important and popular part of this annual event, which attracts […]

Ofcom Research On Children’s Media Habits and the Dangers of Calling TV, TV.

November saw the launch of Ofcom’s annual report on Children’s and Parent’s Media Use and Attitudes – a statistical snap shot of who is watching what, when they are watching, and for how long. The report offers more than just viewing statistics however and paints a detailed picture of families’ media habits and attitudes. Ashley […]

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Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age

Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Mariya Stoilova recently convened conference on Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age asks some telling questions on children’s ‘rights’ in a digital age. Most of the presentation files are available here under ‘Programme’ Concerns that children’s rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital […]

“Screen time” advice for a new generation of “digital” parents

by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross Department of Media & Communications, LSE   While earning less than £15,000 per year from her work in a budget supermarket, single mother Cecilia Apau has bought a desktop computer, a laptop, two tablets and two smartphones for her three children over the past four years, for use alongside […]

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‘Children with Learning Disabilities as Digital Audiences’: fully funded PhD opportunity

Applications are invited for a full PhD studentship in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, to work in collaboration with the Children’s Department at BBC Scotland. The aim of the project is to explore the provision and design of digital media by the BBC for older children with learning disabilities. This will […]

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Preschool child development and TV: revisiting CMC 2015

As a researcher living and working in Sheffield, I’m incredibly lucky that the industry-led Children’s Media Conference takes place every year right here in my home city. Working in academia provides no end of opportunities to engage in incredible conferences world-wide, but the chance to break out of the academic ‘bubble’ and spend a few days in the company […]

Scary children’s media: what are we so afraid of?

Channel 5 caused a stir last month when they aired the classic 1978 animated film Watership Down on the afternoon of Easter Sunday. Aside from Art Garfunkel’s tear-jerking song ‘Bright Eyes’, the film is infamous for the gore and violence inflicted upon, and by, rabbits that we would prefer to think of as cuddly and […]

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