CYM Section Pre-conference 2022

The datafied child: growing in the algorithmic conundrum 

12th of October

9am-1pm (GMT)


Theme of the pre-conference

In the digital age, school-age children are increasingly digital consumers, highly exposed to different digital media – particularly mobile media -, and living immersed in a sea of data and information. If leveraged in an appropriate and meaningful way, digital technology can be a game changer for children  from low income households, for children with special needs, as well as for young migrants and other vulnerable or at risk groups – opening new doors  to engage in social, political and economic dynamics. However, if access is kept restricted, if children’s digital rights cannot be guaranteed or when media and information literacy (MIL) competencies are not promoted effectively, digital technology can lead to the amplification of existing divides. This can make it difficult for younger generations to enjoy the empowering potential that might flow from their interactions with technologies. 

Children engage with digital  technologies through imitation, gradually refining their practices making these infrastructures central vehicles of expression, learning and living. Screens become much more than mirrors of reality; they are reality; they become sources of experiences and the center of growth for a generation profoundly linked to hybrid spaces with both digital and materials layers. 

In this scenario, terms such as algorithms, attention economy, produsage, metaverse, digital citizenship and participation are more than buzzwords used in socio-political and economic discourses. They are key aspects and mediators of everyday life. Considering their impact, it is essential that these key terms are considered from multiple perspectives and through the lens of different stakeholders, including the government, academia, industry and civil society. Therefore, with our event we aim to promote the establishment of such dialogues in order to join forces to prevent negative impacts, to promote the positive growth and engagement of younger generations with digital technologies, and to develop new pedagogies and transferable knowledge (Fedorov, Levitskaya & Camarero, 2016; Nupairoj, 2016). 

We invite all students, researchers, practitioners, youth workers, NGO members and others (ECREA and non-ECREA members) with expertise and/or interest in the topics of this pre-conference to participate and engage in roundtable discussions and participant-led sessions

The envisioned outcome of our event is to create a:

  • List of recommendations or key takeaways from the roundtable and participant-lead sessions;
  • Short online publication based on the papers from the attendee-lead sessions or a short aftermovie; 
  • A strengthened community in which participants have gained fresh ideas, in a collaborative and creative way.


This pre-conference intends to be a participant-led event. It will engage participants in an interactive and fruitful dialogue about how government, academia, industry and civil society – four major actors in the innovation system – can collaborate to promote a positive digital future for the young generations, as well as to showcase good practices. Its final goal is to highlight learnings that can contribute to the positive development of the activities carried out in each of these sectors, towards a healthy growth in the algorithmic conundrum.

We start with one roundtable that will gather academics, teachers and trainers, NGO members, decision-makers and professionals of the tertiary sector focused on the major issues related to the theme of the pre-conference. We invite all participants to submit questions they wish to see addressed during this roundtable. 

Then two participant-led sessions will take place. We will give our community the chance to present their works and reflections about subjects related to the pre-conference’s topics. These participant-led sessions will promote a critical, creative and collaborative environment to foster discussion and sharing of experiences and knowledge among all participants.

Find the preliminary program below:

  • 9:00 – Welcome
  • 9:15 – Roundtable
  • 10:50 – Break
  • 11:00 – Participant-led session 1
  • 11:50 – Break
  • 12:00 – Participant-led session 2
  • 12:45 – Closing

Call for participation

The ECREA CYM seeks submissions that link to one or more of the following topics but not exclusively:

  1. media and digital exposure; 
  2. attention economy;
  3. metaverse and new hybrid realities;
  4. vulnerable groups and digital disconnection;
  5. algorithms and the impact in online learning and media consumption;
  6. algorithms and emotional wellbeing;
  7. challenges and threats to digital citizenship and participation;
  8. innovative pedagogical approaches to Media and Information Literacy; 
  9. experiences and collaboration with stakeholders beyond academia. 

In your application, you can contribute to our event by submitting:

  • one or more questions you would like to see addressed in the roundtable, with a special focus on the major themes covered by the event;


  • abstracts (max 500 words, excl. references if applicable) about the topics above that you would like to present at the participant-led sessions. Participants can submit up to three abstracts. Abstracts must have a maximum length of 500 words which does not include the reference list and also not the keywords. For each abstract you submit, include at least the following aspects 1) title 2) body text 5) keywords (up to 5 keywords max). Presentations of the selected works must have a max. duration of 10 min.

This event will be online and free of charge.

How to submit your proposal?

Questions for the roundtables and/ or short abstracts  must be submitted by 8th 20th July through the form below.

Submit your proposal here.

For questions regarding your submission, please contact

Important dates

  • Submission/ questions and abstracts submission deadline: 8th 20th July 2022 (extended deadline)
  • Communication of results: 1st August 2022
  • Registration deadline: 16th september
  • Pre-conference Date: 12th October 2022

ECREA 2022 cfp

ECREA has just announced the call for papers, panels, and posters for the 9th European Communication Conference (ECC).

Location: Hybrid conference:

  • The main conference will take place physically in Aarhus, Denmark, 19-22 October, 2022.
  • All plenary sessions and business meetings will also take place online.

Deadline: 17 January, 2022.

  • Abstracts need to be submitted through the conference portal by 17 February 2022 (= extended deadline). 
  • For proposals for preconferences (deadline 17 February 2022), reach out to Bieke Zaman from the CYM Management Team.

Theme: ECREA 2022 is inviting researchers to “Rethink Impact“.

Call from our CYM Section:

  • for individual authors: we welcome abstract proposals for papers and posters. Please note that participants can be nominated as the first (presenting) author in one accepted submission only. Abstracts should be written in English and contain no more than 500 words, incl. references.
  • for group of authors: we welcome panel proposals. Panel proposals should consist of five individual contributions, combining a panel rationale with five panel paper abstracts, each of which shall be no more than 500 words. 
  • for organising scholars: we welcome proposals for virtual preconferences. Preconferences can be held within two weeks of the physical conference (but not on the days of the physical conference or the day immediately before the physical conference). You are given autonomy in deciding how to design the preconference (the length and scheduling of the conference; the levels of interactivity – whether a meeting or webinar format; innovations in format eg workshops as well as panels and papers; the process of peer review and the percentage of papers accepted after peer review; etc). ECREA is willing to provide support and guidance and to cover the costs of ZOOM licenses.

We welcome your proposals and hope to see you in Aarhus, online or in person!

Online workshop: Ethics and Children’s rights in the Digital age

Pre-conference ECREA Section: Children, Youth and Media

6th September 2021

Call for participation

Join us in an online workshop on Ethics and Children’s Rights in the Digital age. The event will take place on September 6th 2021 prior to the online 8th European Communication Conference (ECC).

The online registration is open until August 31, 2021.

The purpose of this event is to engage interactively participants in a fruitful dialogue about Ethics and Children’s rights.

The webinar will take the format of a workshop in which participants are welcome to have a voice, before and during the event. Thus, participants are encouraged to previously introduce their questions to the two Senior Researchers – Eva Lievens (Ghent University) and Elisabeth Staksrud (University of Oslo) who will cover respectively two critical issues – Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights and Ethics in research with children.

For more information on the programme, please see the full details.


Local organizers:

Sara Pereira (ICS/University of Minho, CECS)
Cristina Ponte (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA) 
Teresa Sofia Castro (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA)
Pedro Moura (ICS/University of Minho, CECS)


ECREA Children, Youth and Media (CYM) Section

We need you: Communication Officer

Are you interested in being our very first Communication Officer?

We especially encourage early career researchers to consider this position. We want to work in an accessible way, you do not need to have a long CV or an extensive network, you may be a first-time member of our Section, it is all possible. All we ask is a healthy dose of enthusiasm and some fresh ideas for a communication strategy for our Section.

Please take a chance, don’t be too modest, we look forward to receiving your application. To the members who are senior, please encourage your PhD students and early career researchers personally.

How to apply? It is very simple. Send an email today with your motivation (max. 1 paragraph) to Elisabeth Staksrud. Do this no later than 11 February, as we are eager to get to know you and your ideas and to launch the first communication efforts 😊.

Why? Our ECREA Children, Youth and Media (CYM) section aims to grow and promote community building. This is amplified in these pandemic times, and we want to strengthen our communication efforts. That is why we have created a new officer “position”. 

What? The Communication Officer will be responsible for the CYM’s social media strategy (e.g. the closed Facebook group), the news items on the CYM website (, and liaise with the ECREA official communications office. The Communication Officer will work closely with the CYM Chair, the two CYM Vice Chairs and the CYM YECREA representative, meeting with at least one of them every 3 months on average. In between these meetings, we anticipate the Communication Officer to be responsible for smaller tasks requiring light involvement every three weeks on average (e.g., small update on the website, social media post, or email). The Communication Officer will report to the CYM Management Committee, which will regularly advise on the communication plan and support the communication strategies where needed. As an ECREA section position, this is a volunteer position.

ECREA 2021

The ECREA 2020 conference has been postponed to 2021. The pandemic situation has made it impossible to organise the event.

The new dates will be announced by the end of this year.

Please be advised that the acceptance of submissions remains in place for the postponed conference.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Braga in 2021.

ECREA Pre-Conference

Ethics and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

*** Covid-19 update: The ECREA Executive Board has decided to postpone the conference to 2021. The acceptance of submissions remains in place. More information will follow around November 2020. ***

This ECREA 2021 Children, Youth and Media pre-conference will engage participants in a fruitful dialogue about “Ethics and Children’s rights”.

The event will take a workshop format to encourage participants to interact in small groups moderated by a senior researcher.

Date: 2 October 2020 tbd (see Program)

Venue: Braga, Portugal (more details follow)

Call for Abstracts: Deadline 15th June 2020

Submission and Selection: Authors Notification 30 June 2020

Registration: tbd



Local organizers:

  • Sara Pereira (ICS/Universidade do Minho, CECS)
  • Cristina Ponte (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA)
  • Teresa Sofia Castro (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA)
  • Pedro Moura (ICS/Universidade do Minho, CECS)
  • Joana Fillol (ICS/Universidade do Minho, CECS)


This event is supported by the ECREA Children, Youth and Media Section.

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Call for Abstracts

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.

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Submission and selection process

Abstracts must be submitted by June 15, 2020 to the following e-mail:

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.

Abstracts will be subject to blind peer-review.

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Authors of accepted abstract must communicate their attendance in advance to

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.

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Provisional Program

The pre-conference will close before the opening of the ECREA main conference. The exact date will be communicated around November 2020.

9:30-12.15 SESSION 1
9:30-9.40Welcome participants – ECREA CYM , Sara Pereira and Cristina Ponte
9:40-10:00Lecture in Ethical Challenges in doing research with children, by Elisabeth Staksrud
10:00-11:00Group work: presentation and discussion of contributions; identification of 1-2 key points in each group;
11:00-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:15Plenary: Sharing and discussing; wrapping up
12:15-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-16.00SESSION 2
13:30-13.50Lecture in Ethics and Digital Rights (speaker to be announced)
13.50-15.00Group work: presentation and discussion of contributions; identification of 1-2 key points in each group.
15:00-16.00Plenary: Sharing and discussing; wrapping up.

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A look back at the Conference on Children’s Online Worlds, Digital Media and Digital Literacy

24-25 May 2019

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 (  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
    • robot literacies

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.

2019 CYM-Congress Salamanca

A look back at the Congress “Children and Adolescents in the era of SmartScreens: risks, threats and opportunities reloaded”

19th-20th September 2019, Salamanca, Spain

The Congress was a success with more than 70 communication-presentations, 90 inmatriculated, approximatetly 100 participants, 2 keynote speakers and two interesting round-table pannels.

Check the web page-conference site for full access to photos and video of the key events, Homage, Opening, Keynotes and Round Tables.


Think also in participating in the Associated Monograph to this event at , JCR, Q1,

Ranked 8th in 2018 in Communication-Journals JCR Ranking see links as follows with full indications and dates:

Comunicar 64 (2020-3):
Children, youth and media in the era of smart-screens: Risks, threats and opportunities

The Journal is now available at

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. 

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 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  & Despina Chronaki

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 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



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