2019 Conference Salamanca

Children and Adolescents at the era of SmartScreens: risks, threats and opportunities reloaded

19-20 September, Salamanca, Spain

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 2019. Please send abstracts to abstracts@childrenandsmartscreens.eu for double blind peer review.

Conference website

Host: Local organizers are Prof. Dr. Félix Ortega from the Department of Sociology and Communication in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Patricia Nuñéz-Gómez, from the University Complutense Madrid.

Location: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37071, Salamanca, Spain. 

Call for papersChildren and adolescents increasingly turn to mobile media devices and SmartScreens, the Smartphone in particular – at home, at school or “in itineris“-, to stay connected with family and friends, for schooling activities and to access a variety of digital media contents and services including social media, music, videos, and games. The everytime-and-everywhere-access to mobile media has changed children’s and adolescents’ everyday life with potential implications on their -from a broad perspective- socialization, consumer patterns, schooling orientated behaviour among others. This conference wants to address these issues both from a theoretical and methodological perspective. We welcome Case Studies and research in the conference topics.

More specifically we welcome research from (though not exclusively) the following topics:

  • Role of mobile media in children´s and adolescents at school, and in everyday life.
  • Methodological challenges of research on mobile media and Smartscreens
  • Teacher&Parental mediation and monitoring of mobile media use.
  • Impact of mobile media on children’s and adolescents’ social development and consumer behaviour.
  • Mobile media and children’s and adolescents’ risks, threats and opportunities.
  • Mobile media contents and activities, cultural and educational consumption: Games, Video, Music consumption, Education, Democracy, Social Interaction, Marketing-Publicity,  new phenomena or old habits in new screens.
  • Uses and consumption of mobile media at “school” at “home” or “in itineris”, filling the gap between children use of Smartphones and Tablets at School, in itineris or Home, is there one?.
  • Regulation and protection of Children in mobile media devices, apps, social networks, and gaming activities, marketing,… and others.
  • Children´s approaches to opportunities, risks, safety, literacy, entertainment in Smartscreens and other devices.
  • Any other topics related to “Children, Youth and Media”, from a scientific perspective including, education, communication, arts and culture, psychological interaction, neuroscience, marketing and children,…
  • There will be two parallel sessions and expect a maximum of 80 individual presentations, a maximum of 100 inscriptions.

Keynote Speakers

  • Sonia Livingston (LSE, London School of Economics, UK) 19th of September from 9:30 to 10:15 am.
  • Antonio García Jiménez (URJC, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain), 20th of September from 9:30 to 10:15 am.

Early Bird registration (until 16 June 2019): ECREA-members 59 EUR, Students-PhD Students and Low Income countries: 49 EUR; Non-ECREA Members: 70 EUR.

For more info, we refer to the conference website.




2019 Conference Athens

Conference on Children’s Online Worlds, Digital Media and Digital Literacy

24-25 May 2019, Athens, Greece

[update!] Deadline for abstract submission: 20 January 2019Please send abstracts (500 words max) to athenskidsyouthmedia@gmail.com for blind review.

Notification date is 15 February 2019.

Conference Website

Host: Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Economics and Political Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA),

Organizers: Liza Tsaliki  etsaliki@media.uoa.gr  & Despina Chronaki despinachronaki@gmail.com

Call for papers: Digital media is not just part of children’s cultures but is inherently part of their everyday practices through which they explore and construct the world. Within this context, children develop a large range of literacy skills and practices related to education, consumption of media and cultural texts, lifestyle, sexuality. Young people use digital media for school work, communication, flirting, news consumption, political engagement, activism or for interaction with their favourite celebrities (on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms). As such, digital media serve as a multipurpose platform of self-performance, identity construction and self-projection, enriching children’s lived experiences and everyday culture. Considering such skills and practices as agentic claims to citizenship and claims to broader participation in different aspects of the public discourse, we invite contributions from researchers working within media studies, cultural studies, education, psychology and sociology, looking at how children develop or engage with literacy practices through the use of digital media and cultural consumption.

More specifically we welcome research from (though not exclusively) the following topics:

  • Children’s digital media uses for self-performance and identity construction
  • Children’s approaches to risk, safety and literacy
  • Social media practices, self-regulation and mediation in the context of media literacy
  • Celebrity culture as media literacy
  • Literacy skills as part of children’s citizenship rights
  • The role of popular culture in developing children’s literacy skills
  • Innovative methodologies in researching children’s media literacy
  • Children’s online worlds and cultural consumption

Please send abstracts (500 words max) to athenskidsyouthmedia@gmail.com for blind review.

Keynote speaker– David Buckingham. Friday 24 May 2019 (morning session) @  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 30 Panepistimiou Street, Amphitheatre Argiriadis.

Location: 1 Sofokleous and Aristidou, Athens 10559, 3rdfloor.

We estimate for 35- 40 presenters. Participation fees are set at 70 euros per person. Participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and dinner expenses. Participation fees will cover registration (Thursday 23 May 2019, 18.00- 20.00, Department of Communication and Media Studies, 1 Sofokleous street, 1stfloor; registration will be completed on Friday morning, for those arriving later on Thursday); and coffee/snacks/lunch for the duration of the TWG on Friday and Saturday. Successful participants will be given a NKUA bank account to send their fees.

Conference Website



Programme ICA Preconference 2018

Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age

May 23th 2018, Institute for Communication, Charles University Prague

08:15 – 08:45 Registration
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome
09:00 – 09:45 Keynote Nancy Jennings (University of Cincinnati, USA)
09:45 – 11:15 Panels A&B

Panel A: Discussing trust, control and privacy (Chair: David Smahel)

  • Child-Friendly Transparency of Data Processing: Will More Understanding Lead to More Trust? (Milkaite, Lievens)
  • Contrasting Narratives of Parental Responsibility and the Wellbeing of Children Online: A Critical Discourse Analysis on Belgian and Australian Online Public Advice Given to Parents (Zaman, Holloway, Green, Jaunzems, Vanwynsberg)
  • Can media narratives featuring sensitive subjects foster parent-child discussion and trust? A four-country survey study (Cingel, Lauricella, Wartella)
  • hAPPy Families: Solving the dilemma between privacy and protection by building of trust (Dias, Brito)

Panel B: Playing with trust, control and privacy (Chair: Marketa Zezulkova)

  • The datafication of childhood: a research framework for the Internet of Toys (Mascheroni)
  • Circumventing social media restrictions: Preteens’ use of Musical.ly (Savic, McCosker)
  • ‘#trustme, I’m a youtuber’: Intimacy and trust among young vloggers and followers in Portugal and Brazil (Maropo, Tomaz, Jorge)
  • Online Privacy and Personal Data: Child and Adolescent Perspectives (Smahelova, Smahel, Motylc)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee & tea

11:30 – 13:00   Panels C&D

Panel C: Perceptions of privacy and trust among children and adolescents (Chair: Cristina Ponte)

  • The Relationship Between Trust and Privacy:  A Study on Young Children’s Understanding on Online Privacy (Alias)
  • Perceptions of trust, privacy control and friendship in social networks: comparison among adolescences and other age groups (Melamed, Zilberg Yaakobovitz)
  • Children’s and Adolescent’s use of social network sites: Privacy and trust with regard to personal information and photographs (S. Trültzsch-Wijnen, C. Trültzsch-Wijnen)
  • Privacy for sale? The beliefs and habits about privacy and dataveillance among the Polish youth in the algorithmic environment (Ptaszek)

Panel D: Facing the challenge of trust and privacy in parental mediation (Chair: Elisabeth Staksrud)

  • Parental Monitoring of Children Online Activities in Families with 5-17 Year Old Children (Dedkova, Smahel, Machackova)
  • Mediation Practices in Socially Disadvantaged Families (Paus-Hasebrink)
  • What predicts how well parents know the screen time of their children?: The role of parent-child relationship and communication (Marciano, Petrocchi, Camerini)
  • Balancing trust and control: How adolescents between 9 and 16 and their parents negotiate issues of online safety (Rechlitz, Hasebrink, Brüggen, Gebel, Dreyer)

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Plenary Discussion: International dialogue on mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age (Chair: Marketa Zezulkova)

Lelia Green, Edith Cowan University (Australia),  Sherri Hope Culver, Temple University (United States),  Donna Chu, Chinese University of Hongkong (China), John Potter, University College London (United Kingdom).

15:30 – 15:45   Coffee & tea

15:45 – 17:15 Panels E&F

Panel E: Children’s online privacy against the background of commerce and legislation (Chair:Christine Trültzsch-Wijnen)

  • Children’s Online Privacy and Commercial Use of Data: Exploring the evidence (Livingstone, Stoilova)
  • The Economy of the Internet of Toys: A Marxist Critique (Capello)
  • Trust as a prerequisite or trust as an outcome? The relationship between trust, transparency and consent in child-specific privacy legislation (Dreyer)
  • A Legal Perspective on Trust, Control and Privacy in the Context of Sexting among Youngsters (Chatzinikolao, Lievens)

 Panel F: Challenges of mediatisation and digitalisation regarding trust and media literacy (Chair: Uwe Hasebrink)

  • Cultivating trust: The struggle of teaching critical media literacy in high poverty school (Friesem, Ayalon)
  • Why should(n’t) I? Disadvantaged Young People’s Attitudes Towards and Trust in ICTs (Helsper, Smirnova)
  • Children’s digital content creation and the formation of trust: Creative processes as resources of media and information literacy (Drotner)
  • How can good (health) apps for kids be found? Challenges in terms of trust, transparency and media literacy (Lampert)

16:45 – 17:15  Closing Session

Christine Trültzsch-Wijnen & Marketa Zezulkova



Call for Panels ECREA 2018

Open call for abstracts and panels ECREA 2018

It is our pleasure to announce that we have an open call for abstracts and panels to be hosted at the ECREA 2018 conference which takes place from October 31 to November 3 in beautiful Lugano. There will be 2 slots for our TWG in the final program.

Deadline and Submission instructions

Proposals for abstracts and panels can be submitted through the ECREA submission platform until 28 February 2018 (http://www.ecrea2018lugano.eu/call-for-papers/).

We welcome topics that link to the overall conference team “Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation” and that are meaningful in the context of children, youth and media research (e.g., discussing generation gaps).

The title of your contribution cannot exceed 30 words. The body text of your submission cannot exceed 500 words including references (in the body of the abstract).

Panel convenors are responsible to submit a panel rationale and 5 individual panel paper abstracts. Please be informed that the panel convenor has to submit all panel papers (i.e., the rationale as well as the individual panel papers for the authors) and will maintain any further communication related to the respective panel.


ECREA 2018 Pre-Conf

“Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”

Pre-conference to ECREA’s seventh European Communication Conference, ECC 2018, Lugano, Switzerland: “Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World”

General Information and Call for Papers online

Event organized by the Institute of Communication and Health, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the ECREA TWG: Children, Youth and Media

Chair: Anne-Linda Camerini, PhD, ICH, USI

Keynote: Patti Valkenburg, PhD, University distinguished professor, University of Amsterdam

Deadline: Abstracts of 500 words to be submitted by 9th of May 2018 (extended deadline). 

Date: 31 October 2018, Lugano

Contact: Teresa Cafaro <teresa.cafaro@usi.ch> (organisation matters); Anne-Linda Camerini <anne.linda.camerini@usi.ch> (scientific matters)



ICA 2018 Pre-Conference on Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age

Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatisation of childhood and adolescence in the digital age

Update: Full Programme online


  • ECREA TWG Children Youth and Media
  • ECREA Section Mediatization
  • ICA Children Adolescents and Media Division
  • Charles University, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism
  • Masaryk University, Department of Media Studies and Journalism & Institute for Research of Children, Youth and FamilyMedia Education Lab

Contact: christine.trueltzsch@gmail.com

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Call for Papers

Young people of today are born in a digital environment and are used to observing their parents interacting with digital devices from their earliest days. In a mediatized society all fields of society are increasingly shaped by media and particularly digital media have gained ever more importance with regards to the socialisation of children and adolescents: On the one hand they see other family members using and interacting with digital media and on the other hand they start to use them at a more and more early stage of life. Burke and Marsh (2014; Marsh et al. 2016) stress that this does not only lead to diverse activities and online practices but also that in these experiences the online domain cannot be separated from the offline domain anymore – both are seamlessly merging in children’s play and interaction. As Livingstone & Lunt (2014) point out mediatization means that not only the media are changing, but also their effects on institutions and practices across society. Amongst other societal and cultural changes the mediatization of childhood and adolescence challenges concepts of trust, control and privacy as well as their interrelation.  Much of this discourse advocates for children and young people’s privacy, at the same time the control parents are seeking might jeopardise their privacy as well. Behind all these processes and meaning-making, on both individual and collective levels, can however be found a more fundamental question of “trust”.

Therefore this pre-conference looks at trust, how it is constructed, negotiated and practised in context of children and young people’s public and private media and digital lives. We want to discuss the various concepts of trust, control and privacy with regards to children, adolescents and their families. Besides we are interested to relate this to questions of media literacy and its significance in a mediatized society.

The pre-conference is focused on the following topics but is not limited to:

  • The theorization and conceptualization of trust in relation to privacy and control
  • The mediatization of family life in the digital world – how do families deal with the new options for control?
  • A reflection on who and what to trust with respect to phenomena related to children, youth, and media. Are there, for example, new ‘digital heroes’?
  • A discussion of the role of the mediatization of trust and control in inter-human relations in respect of the decreasing awareness of privacy issues
  • Platform related trust and control – how do children and youth act on social media activities in relation to interpersonal trust and privacy control?
  • Trust, control, and privacy as issues for media literacy
  • Trust and/or distrust in the media and information online (e.g. with respect to the role of the public broadcaster, fake news etc.)
  • Trust in the context of the (rationale underlying) methodological choices made when doing research with and on children, youth and media
  • Security, privacy and trust in media
  • Social media and (dis)trust
  • New machines and Internet of things (IoT) – how to trust and control new technologies?

The pre-conference addresses all members of the ECREA TWG Children, Youth and Media, the ECREA Section Mediatization, and the ICA Division Children Adolescents and Media as well as all scholars interested in the concept of trust, control, and privacy in relation to children, adolescents, and media research. Various empirical, methodological and theoretical contributions that pertain to different academic disciplines and methodologies which are in some way related to the concept of trust and privacy are welcome.

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Date and venue

May 23th 2018 (09:00-17:00)

Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism

Charles University Prague

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Full Programme online

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Registration fee is $ 60 (same fee regular and student registration). Participants can attend just the pre-conference.

Please use the ICA-website to register for our pre-conference: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=2018PrePostconf

Online registration is available until: 5/4/2018.

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Children and Youth on the Net

The Luxembourg National Youth Service and the University of Luxembourg successfully organized the “Children and Youth on the Net” conference in Luxembourg-City from April 26 to 28, 2017.

With this 2-day-conference that follows the “NetChildren2020” conference in Berlin in 2015, scientists and practitioners were provided with the chance to

  • discuss the latest findings from research fields related to the conference topic, and
  • discover best practices through hands-on activities and workshops.

Keynotes speakers were

  • Prof. Uwe Hasebrink (Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg),
  • Prof. Marcus Specht (Go-Lab, Open University of Netherlands), and
  • Juha Kiviniemi (Development Center for Digital Youth Work in Finland, Helsinki)

Many of the Children, Youth and Media researchers participated in the conference and contributed to the  thematically focused working groups that were organized in the form of world café tables.

New management group

We would like to thank all members for the warm welcome we have received during the Children and Youth on the Net conference as the new management group for the ECREA Children, Youth and Media Temporary Working Group.

We would also like to thank Sonia Livingstone and Cristina Ponte for the amazing job they have done for the group as previous chair and co-chairs, respectively! We will do our best to carry on your good work!

In the meantime, in order to strengthen our group and our application for permanent status, we invite you to join our community.

Also – if you have any special talents/energy/free time/not enough to do …please do let us know if you would like to contribute to the work of our group.

Elisabeth (Chair 2017-2019)​
David Smahel (Vice-Chair 2017-2019)
Bieke Zaman (Vice-Chair 2017-2019)

World café discussions

During the “Children and Youth on the Net” conference in Luxembourg-City (April 26 to 28, 2017), many of our Children, Youth and Media members participated in or moderated a world café table. The outcomes were presented during the plenary afterwards.

The themes of the world café tables were the following:

  • Risk and harm
  • benefits and positive outcomes
  • Digital youth participation
  • Insafe best practice
  • Methodological issues
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Be digitally creative, fostering e-skills

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