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NEWS / IT: Children can play game by texting at bus stops

Monday, 30 April 2012

Leave it to the people at "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" to devise a way for children to learn while they are waiting for a bus.

The Fred Rogers Co. is field-testing a game that uses phone text messages to promote interaction between parents and preschoolers and develop children's literacy skills during what otherwise would be down time.

"When people are sitting in the bus shelters, there's nothing to do," said Margy Whitmer, a media producer for the company. She got the idea for Word Play while waiting at a traffic light in Oakland.

The parent sends a text message to a number shown on a poster at the bus shelter. Back comes a text message asking a question that the child can answer by studying the poster.

Read more: http://old.post-gazette.com/pg/12121/1228149-298.stm#ixzz1tWJyc5Rm

NEWS / CYBER BULLYING: Senate looks to youth for insights into cyberbullying (CANADA)

OTTAWA — The Senate human rights committee is set Monday to launch a study on cyberbullying in Canada, and is looking to hear from the experts on the subject: students.

The quick turnaround time for the study — it is scheduled to be completed by June, the end of the school year — is a secondary concern for senators who are reaching out to young people online for the first time.

The committee is turning to social media to get in touch with students nationwide and have them deliver the ideas and suggestions the committee needs to craft recommendations to the government on how to crack down and help those affected by cyberbullying.

NEWS: Dubai Press Club To Spotlight Talent Of Emirati Youth In The Arts And Technology At 11th Arab Media Forum,Forum to Host over 60 Volunteers from Universities and Colleges

Friday, 27 April 2012

Dubai , UAE - April 25, 2012Dubai Press Club (DPC), organisers of the Arab Media Forum (AMF), today announced the eleventh edition of the event will highlight the talent of Emirati youth at a special segment that showcases their skills in photography, mobile applications, utilizing technology to protect the environment, music, painting, graphic design and landscaping to an elite audience of regional and global media thought leaders.

Through its special focus on the Emirati youth, Dubai Press Club takes forward a core mandate to build the capacity of young UAE nationals and prepare a generation of competent media professionals across a variety of disciplines.
The initiative is the outcome of Dubai Press Club’s partnership with ‘Think Up’, a virtual social hub. Launched in 2011, Think Up is a Dubai-based entity that inspires and encourages the youth in the UAE and across the GCC to express their creativity. The organisation is committed to recognising talented individuals and positioning them as role models for the youth.

As part of its association with DPC, Think Up will additionally deploy a skilled team at the Arab Media Forum to run digital platforms during the event. Consequently, the sessions at AMF 2012 will be streamed through new media channels including the internet, mobile phones, and portable devices.
Arab Media Forum 2012 will run from 8-9 May at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. Themed “Arab Media, Disclosure and Transition”, the event is set to bring together a galaxy ofintellectual thought-leaders, researchers, academics and media students.

OPPORTUNITIES: United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Baku, Azerbaijan, November 2012

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum is hosting their annual conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9, 2012.

The series of plenary sessions and workshops will focus on Internet safety, use of social media for social change, digital citizenship, etc. The UNIGF is looking for youth ages 18-22 to join the conversations, which will include social media practitioners and digital experts from around the globe, government representatives, reps from the world's largest Internet companies, digital activists, and others.

It would be great to get strong regional representation from youth - interested 18-22 y/o's should contact Elizabeth Metraux (Project Harmony International) directly - elizabeth.metraux@ph-int.org.

OPPORTUNITIES: Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2012

Monday, 16 April 2012

The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna is once again supporting the Student Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2012, organized by the Film Festival on Human Rights “this human world” taking place every year in Vienna and held under the auspices of UNIS Vienna with the support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Art, Culture and Education and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria.

The competition invites students between the ages of 10 and 20 in Austria and other countries worldwide to produce short films (max. 3 min) on the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a special focus on sustainability, migration / refugees and global warming.

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness to human rights of young people, to give students the opportunity to tackle this topic from a cinematic point of view and to offer them a platform for the presentation of the films.

In 2011 the competition was already successfully launched in Austria, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia in cooperation with local United Nations information offices.
This year, UNIS Vienna invites all UN Information Centres worldwide to take part in organizing the Student Short Film Competition in their client countries in cooperation with local educational and cultural institutions and submissions evaluated by a local jury.

The overall objective is to present the winning movies from the different countries on an online platform / via social media and thus give participants and fans of the competition in the different countries the opportunity to see both local and international submissions. This will allow to share the thoughts, ideas and creative approaches of young people to promote human rights and to tackle global challenges. Awards ceremonies should be planned so that on Human Rights Day (10 Dec 2012) a selection of winning movies from other countries can be shown together with local winners.

In Austria, UNIS Vienna in cooperation with “
this human world” is calling for submissions among all schools in Austria. The first three winning movies will be nominated by a prominent jury as part of the film festival “this human world” followed by the award ceremony taking place at the United Nations Office in Vienna on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2012. On this occasion the Austrian winning movies will be screened as well as a selection of winning movies from other countries. In addition to the Austrian jury award, local communities will be invited to view Austrian submissions online and vote via e-voting for an Austrian Audience Award.

In order to assist interested UNICs in launching the competition in their client countries, UNIS Vienna has developed a template call for submissions with further explanations and conditions of participation which can be adapted to local requirements.

If your UN Information Centre would like to organize the Youth Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2012 and get further explanations, please contact:

Irene Hoeglinger-Neiva / UNIS Vienna (
irene.hoeglinger-neiva@unvienna.org, +43-1-26060-4448).

Thank you in advance for your interest and collaboration and please see below some additional information on the event from previous years.


Janos Tisovszky
United Nations Information Service
Tel. +43-1-26060-5676
Mobile: +43-699-1459-5676
E-mail: janos.tisovszky@unvienna.org


Winning films
from Austria of 2009, 2010 and 2011 can be found on:

2011 Submissions
from Georgia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVossayTWBc&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SPB20EC3C70B4DEE42

2011 Submissions
from Armenia:

2011 Examples
from Ukraine:
1. http://reporter.korrespondent.net/reports/11315
2. http://reporter.korrespondent.net/videoblog/11193

OPPORTUNITIES: ERRC seeks applicants fo the 2012 Roma rights summer school

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its highly acclaimed annual Roma Rights Summer School. The Summer School will be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 21 July - 1 August 2012. Deadline for applications: 13 May 2012.
The 10-day Summer School is intended for young activists and students of Romani, Sinti and Traveller (Roma) origin from all European countries. The Summer School will offer both an introduction to human rights as well as an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas, innovation and expertise for participants who are at an early stage of their careers.
The Summer School provides participants a unique chance to immerse themselves into the theory and practice of human rights, minority rights and non-discrimination, and to benefit from the knowledge and experience of committed human rights experts. This intensive programme includes a variety of social activities that allow participants to network with each other and the experts, ensuring the programme is instructive and enjoyable.
The main goal of the Summer School is to develop the capacity of a new generation of Romani human rights activists to use international, regional and domestic human rights instruments and mechanisms to advance the rights of Roma, both domestically and internationally, and to combat discrimination from grassroots to governmental levels.
 Objectives of the Summer School:
  • Analyse issues and situations affecting Roma in their respective countries based on internationally accepted human rights values and principles; 
  • Develop knowledge to use domestic mechanisms (such as national legislation) and international human rights instruments (i.e., United Nations Treaties, European Treaties, and other Council of Europe and European Union legal and political mechanisms) to protect and promote the rights of Roma;
  • Strengthen skills in monitoring and reporting human rights violations as well as human rights advocacy; 
  • Increase capacity to apply learning within organisations and communities; and
  • Explore and facilitate opportunities for networking and developing partnerships with NGOs and government officials to further advance the cause of Roma rights throughout Europe.
The Roma Rights Summer School is a component of ERRC programming aimed at capacitating Romani, Sinti and Traveller activists. We welcome applications from Romani, Sinti and Traveller individuals who are interested in human rights. Applicants must have a sufficient command of English to enable them to participate actively in the Summer School. Applicants are preferably students of law, public administration and social sciences, or degree-holders in one of these fields. The ERRC also encourages activists who do not hold a formal degree but have several years of relevant work experience to apply. The ERRC places importance on the participation of Romani women, LGBT individuals, etc.
Application Procedure:
To apply applicants must send both of the following:
  1. A completed application form, available at: View it (Word format)!
  2. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor or supervisor (a community leader, religious leader, or their current employer) familiar with the applicant's work and engagement with Roma rights issues. The letter should explain the nature of their relationship, how long they have known the applicant and highlight the main attributes of the applicant and why they would be a suitable candidate for the ERRC Roma Rights Summer School.
All materials must be submitted in one package. Applications missing one or more of these requirements will not be considered by the selection committee. ERRC offers full scholarships for the Roma Rights Summer School.
Completed applications should be submitted to Dora Eke at dora.eke@errc.org or
Dora Eke
Roma Rights Summer School
Madach ter 4,
1074 Budapest, Hungary
Fax: + 36 1  413-2201
The deadline for all applications is 13 May 2012. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
16 April 2012
© ERRC 2012. All rights reserved

ARTICLES / PROJECTS: Kids' Newspaper Debuts in Union County

Kidsville News! the nation’s fastest growing children’s newspaper is now available in Union County. Kidsville News! of Union County, based in Summit and represented by Publisher, Susan L. Pinto, of All About Kids Media, LLC, is pleased to bring Kidsville News! and its educational initiative to the residents of Union County.
Kidsville News! is a free, educational resource for all elementary-age children, their families and teachers, which encourages reading as a lifelong habit and promotes literacy nationwide. We are currently in 8 counties in New Jersey and growing, as well as in 16 states nationwide. Bill Bowman, President of Kidsville News! Inc., who launched the educational, and literacy initiative in Fayetteville, NC in 1998, said, “Our growth has been phenomenal”.

EVENTS / CALL FOR ENTRIES: Barcelona International Audiovisual Festival 2012


Participate in the 16th edition of the BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL FESTIVAL in November 2012.

We invite directors, screenwriters, producers, and students to submit their audiovisuals for all ages. Any type of audiovisual will be entered into pre-selection with photochemical or electronic media support. The audiovisuals competing for the UNICEF prize should contain certain humanitarian values which favor democratic coexistence and growth of social citizenry, especially directed toward children or about childhood.

THEME: Children and youth - values that favor coexistence - all genres

-Productions for children and youth, productions about children and/or those that deal with childhood issues
-Productions made by children or teens in a framework of media literacy
-Productions made by students in audiovisual schools or universities
-Productions of general subject matter, for all audiences, that contain values and favor coexistence.

As in previous years, we are particularly interested in audiovisuals and that not only entertain but also educate and teach. The prestigious HUMANITARIAN and CREATIVE prize categories will be awarded.

Included this year:
-Professional Area, organized by the Association of Audiovisual Professionals of Catalunya (CPAC)
-Visit to the CaixaForum Mediatheque and CaixaForum exhibits
-Workshop and feature films in the afternoon.


To register online and obtain more information about the rules and regulations of the Festival visit our website: www.oeti.org

Please submit audiovisuals to the following address so that they arrive no later than June 30, 2012 for the preselection:

Sana Laakioui - Barcelona International Audiovisual Festival
Aragon, 290-292, 5O B
08009 Barcelona SPAIN

And if you would like to program a visit to the Festival with a group of students:
call: 34 93 488 1914
email: fiab@oeti.org

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Child Rights Award 2012: A call to broadcasters

Saturday, 14 April 2012

CASBAA, ABU and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 12th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region.

Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and can cover any children’s rights issue. Entries can include documentaries that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.

Entries must have been broadcast between June 2011 and May 2012 and must be received by 8 June 2012. The Award will be presented during the ABU General Assembly in mid October 2012.

For further information, click here.

For further information, please contact:

Adela Chen, CASBAA (Hong Kong), + 852 3929 1711, adela@casbaa.compr@casbaa.com
Hanizah Hamzah, ABU (Kuala Lumpur), + 603 2282 2480, hanizah@abu.org.my
Kritsada Jirathun, UNICEF (Bangkok), + 662 356 9249, kjirathun@unicef.org

OPPORTUNITIES: The Monteverde New Media Expedition

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

A new media expedition?

  • expand your media skills
  • support restoration of habitats
  • support conservation of endangered species
  • support the livelihoods of local people
  • help extend the Bellbird Biological Corridor into schools and homes worldwide
Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest is one of the most biologically diverse places on our planet. But like wild places around the world, its fragile ecosystems are under enormous stress.
Come join our new media expedition in Costa Rica this July 8th-21st to expand your new media production skills, while helping to create a sustainable environment for animals, plants, and people.
During a one or two-week program, you’ll work with journalists, educators, artists and travelers who’ll create a multimedia project for local conservation and community groups working on the “Bellbird Biological Corridor”– a project to reforest & re-connect a patchwork of forests, farms and communities from the Monteverde cloud forest down to the Pacific Ocean.
The goal of the expedition is to digitally illustrate the ecosystems and communities in the corridor — through short documentary filmmaking, digital animation & mapping, photos, audio and educational resources –  and make these tools accessible locally and to homes and classrooms worldwide.  By creating networks of learning and support, we will join forces with local communities to protect ecosystems and endangered species, and ultimately, the health of our planet.

ONEMINUTESJR / WORKSHOPS: Armenian teenagers share their experiences with juvenile justice in one-minute videos

YEREVAN, Armenia, 9 April 2012 - Sixteen teenagers from different cities in Armenia have come together in the capital Yerevan this week for a five-day video workshop as part of the OneMinutesJr initiative. Their aim is to write, film and produce movies that tell about the experiences they have made when coming in conflict with the law.

The young people are from Gyumri, Alaverdi, Kapan, Ijevan, Vanadzor, Chambarak and Yerevan. Most of them have been arrested by the police in their towns and cities at least once for petty crimes, robbery, stabbing other teenagers with knives or in one case also for alleged rape. Since they are all still minors and their crimes were either not severe enough or could not be proven, they were not sentenced to serve time in prison. Instead, they were all handed over to community centers by the police to receive psychological help and/or do community work.

full article

OPPORTUNITIES: Call for young bloggers and online activists,take action against discrimination online!

The Council of Europe Youth Department invites all young bloggers and online activists concerned byhuman rights violations, hate speech online, discrimination and racism to apply for the training course taking place between May and December 2012, comprising a residential seminar between 20-27 May 2012 in the European Youth Centre Budapest as a first stage in their involvement in a long term campaign against racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

Young People Combating Hate Speech On-line is a project of the Council of Europe’s youth sector to be run between 2012 and 2014. 
The project aims to equip young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and act against such human rights violations. It is a project against hate speech, racism and discrimination in their online expression. Centred around a training course and online campaigning, the project stands for action and intervention.

Applications must be submitted by 19 April 2012

Further information about the project, the training course and the application process can be found in this document

ARTICLES: Young people switch media 27 times per hour

While naysayers fear technology is destroying the attention spans of our nation's youth, it may be far more detrimental to the future of advertising, a recent study reveals. 
"Digital natives" – those who've never lived in a world without 24/7 cable TV, Internet access and cellphones – switch media venues 27 times per nonworking hour, according a small-but-telling study commissioned by Time Inc. and conducted by Innerscope Research. And, as Advertising Age notes, if the kids keep switching between cellphones, TVs, magazines (young people still read magazines, right?), there may not be nearly enough time for advertisers to sell them stuff!

EVENTS / PHOTO: Chachipe Youth Photography Exhibition (MACEDONIA)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Open Society Foundations, the Foundation Open Society - Macedonia and the Embassy of Hungary in Skopje cordially invite you to the opening of the

Chachipe Youth Photography Exhibition

Youth Cultural Center, Quay Dimitar Vlahov bb, Skopje, Macedonia

April 6, 2012, 11 a.m.

Curated by Gabriella Csizek, the exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from the Chachipe Youth international photography contest which was launched in November 2008 by the Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum.

Chachipe Youth—chachipe means truth or reality in Romanes—invited submissions of photographs taken in the Decade of Roma Inclusion countries from young people aged 12 through 25. The contest sought to combat negative stereotypes, break with prejudiced portrayals and, through the lens of young people, present a more complex and more nuanced depiction of Europe’s largest ethnic minority, the Roma.

For more information and photos, see the Chachipe website and Facebook page.

ARTICLES / RESEARCH: Kids Spend Less Than 20% of Their Media Time Playing Video Games, Study Finds

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

It's become a well-worn truism over the past few years now that video games, far from being "just for kids," appeal to a wide and diverse audience. The average gamer is in his or her late 30s and has been at it for many, many years.
But what of the kids? The current 8-18 set are still out there, even if they aren't the sole focus of the industry. They're also the group that may grow up to be disenchanted with gaming. How much are they playing, in an always-on, games-on-every-device world?
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research group, has been tracking childrens' media consumption habits for a decade, looking at how television, books, and video games fit into the lives of American kids in the 21st century. Their most recent report finds, unsurprisingly, that children are media multasking powerhouses, pulling in over 10 hours of consumption daily, in roughly seven hours of actual time.

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