Interested participants are encouraged to submit a 250-word abstract on one of the two following themes, distributed in two sessions:
Session 1. Ethics in research with children: When doing research with children and young people, ethical issues arise at all stages of the life cycle of the project and invite to reflexivity. Issues related to trust are raised when: i) Contacting gatekeepers and accessing children and young people. Requirements may differ depending on the country, the place of research and the groups we want to do research with. ii) Building rapport and negotiating consent with children and young people and explaining issues related to anonymity and confidentiality. iii) Saving and using photographs and videos of children and young people in research outputs (security, misuse, dissemination…). iv) Involving children and young people in the analyses of the data and in the dissemination of results.
Session 2. Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights: Thirty years ago the UN Convention did not envisaged the fast pace of digital evolution and related challenges children and families face. Since then, the digital landscape has been increasingly accessible to younger generations of children and decisions to keep children safe online has created tensions between rights to protection and participation. Considering some polarised debates and controversies on the inevitability of digital in children’s lives and in finding a balanced approach, we invite researchers and scholars to discuss and reflect on ethics concerning children’s protection, participation and provision rights and how these transfer to the digital? What changes in the digital sphere? Or not? How can we think these rights properly, namely right to privacy, image rights, right of personal portrayal.
Submit your abstract as an e-mail attachment with no references to the author(s). Author(s) details (name, affiliation and contact details) must be included in the e-mail message.
Participants should submit their proposal either for theme 1 or theme 2.
No more than 15 abstracts will be selected for each session. Small groups of participants sharing similar issues will allow in-depth discussions, which will be followed by the presentation and debate in plenary.
Authors of accepted abstract must communicate their attendance in advance to email@example.com.
It is possible to attend the workshop without any presentation. In this situation, please inform the organizers on your interest and make the registration. The total number of participants is limited to 50.
There will be a small fee to cover attendance and refreshments at the pre-conference:
35€ for Non-ECREA members
30€ for ECREA members
15€ for PhD students.
Details and payment procedures will be announced at a later date.
Conference organised by the Hellenic Republic National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Economics and Political Science, in collaboration with the ECREA TWG Children, Youth and Media
The conference begun with an inspirational and critical theoretical contribution from Emeritus Professor David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK (https://davidbuckingham.net). Professor Buckingham talked about the need to consider children’s agency and structure with online media within a concept of digital capitalism, acknowledging the economic, cultural and broadly political nature of current online media in terms of consumption, entrepreneurship and ownership.
On the first day of the conference participants presented interesting papers
on young people’s engagement with news and citizenship
on gender identity and sexuality performance through a more analytical and less polarised perspective
last but not least, on young people’s online and digital literacies including approaches to children
as audiences of social influencers,
the development of social literacy skills as well as
On the second day of our conference, most presentations focused on young people’s consumption and production practices and also addressed issues of representation and marginalisation. There was a specific interest in
minorities across Europe (e.g. Sami youth),
children’s with disabilities use online media.
Aspects of media literacy have been also presented
in relation to popular content targeted at youth (e.g. Creepypasta),
but also in cultural contexts were media literacy and media education is not well established within the educational curricula (e.g. Brazil).
Not least, the entrepreneurial aspect of young people’s engagement with online media (e.g. Youtubers, influencers etc) raised issues about how young people negotiate their entrepreneurial selves. The conference ended with a panel on media education and the ways in which different practices with digital and online media may inform media education curricula.
Host: Local organizers were Prof. Dr. Félix Ortega from the Department of Sociology and Communication, University of Salamanca 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 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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.