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



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 (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 (

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 <> (organisation matters); Anne-Linda Camerini <> (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


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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:

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

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