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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