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NEWS / EVENTS/ GAMES: Mission improbable

Friday, 29 June 2012

DELEGATES to the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield next week will be challenged to an online game which involves winning points in return for completing missions in the neighbourhood.

They will be following the example of youngsters in Shiregreen who have been enjoying their own version of the Mission Explore interactive platform developed by a Sheffield company.

The Workshop, a communication and design agency based in Nether Edge specialising in digital educational resources and online learning games, is making a presentation at the conference,  the leading event in Britain for those involved in developing, producing and distributing kids’ content across all platforms.

Communications manager Iain Broome explained: “Mission Explore is a platform we launched at the end of last year getting kids doing individual missions which took them out and about into the community and local environment completing tasks for which they earn points.”

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STUDIES / RESEARCH / SOCIAL MEDIA: Social Media-Connected Teens Seek Time Offline

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Today’s American teenagers are digital natives — connected to the Internet since youth. About 75% of 13 to 17-year-olds have personal social networking accounts. Since 2008, there has been a huge spike in teenage connectivity; only 59% of teens were on social media four years ago.

Despite seeing “racist, sexist and homophobic content” online, teenagers view social media networks positively. A national survey of 1,030 13-to-17-year-old individuals, conducted byCommon Sense Media, reveals teenage perceptions of their digital lives.

More than 90% of teenagers are connected to the Internet. About 68% of teens regularly text, 51% visit Facebook and about 11% send or receive tweets every day. Many teens, 41%, admit they’re “addicted” to their devices.

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RESEARCH: Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives

Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives, from Common Sense Media's Program for the Study of Children and Media, surveyed more than 1,000 13- to 17-year olds to uncover the latest insights on teens' use of media and technology and how they perceive it affects their relationships and feelings about themselves.

Our new research report is a must-read for parents of teens and tweens. See highlights from the study below or download the whole report.

OPPORTUNITIES: Applications for High Five Cross Media Content For Kids

Nordic producers of a children's project with cross media potential are invited to submit their applications until closing deadline of until August 15.

Six to eight Development supports worth NOK 225,000 each are in play as well as unique training with international experts supervised by London-based Power to the Pixel. Cross-media projects selected must participate in three workshops.

-Workshop 1 in November 2012 for project development.
-Workshop 2 in February 2013 for pitch training.
-Workshop 3 in March 2013 for project presentation.


For further information please contact neil@nordiskfilmogtvfond.com

TRAINING: Workshop for marginalised children organised (INDIA)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

GUWAHATI, June 18 – A three-day ‘Capacity Building Workshop’ was organised recently by Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (KGNMT), Assam branch here with support from UNICEF, Assam. The workshop was attended by 39 ‘young reporters’ from four development blocks of Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro) districts.

The objective of the event was to empower the children to raise issues concerning them and of their community by using different media tools. Since 2009, KGNMT with support from UNICEF Assam has been undertaking a child participation project ‘Young Reporters Initiative’ with the marginalised and the disadvantaged children. The young reporters also produce a quarterly newsletter Mukta Akash where they raise the issues and concerns of children in their respective communities.

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AWARDS: Adobe Foundation Announces Winners of First Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jun 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Adobe Foundation today announced the winners of the first-ever Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Aspire Awards. The only global youth competition of its kind, the Aspire Awards showcase digital media created by teens, ages 13-18, who demonstrate creativity and skill using video, print and/or audio to convey perspectives on issues that are significant to them. MTV, Dell and Samsung are collaborating with AYV in recognizing these youth, joining forces as supporting partners of the Aspire Awards. AYV is the Adobe Foundation's signature global philanthropy initiative, aimed at providing young people with critical technology skills to better communicate their ideas, demonstrate their potential and take action in their communities.

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ARTICLES / SOCIAL MEDIA: Use social media to empower country's youth, urges UNICEF rep

Intervention officers providers and youth advocates are being urged to start utilising social media in their efforts to change risky and unacceptable behavioural patterns among young Jamaicans and empower them to reach their fullest potential.

Robert Fuderich, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative to Jamaica, said that while many service providers and advocates are still grappling with the worldwide fascination with social media, its significance and use cannot be understated as it not only creates the space for conversations, but also enables the development of relationships.

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NEWS / EVENTS: WAN-IFRA Launches first Asian Young Reader Summit

“Catch them young – or not at all!” is the theme of the first WAN-IFRA Young Reader Asia-Pacific Summit, to be held in Bangkok on 10 and 11 July. The event aims to do provide ideas and strategies for engaging the next generation of news consumers on all platforms.

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NEWS: ICA Fellow, Dafna Lemish, collaborates with UNICEF on child development initiative

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Creates media materials to foster communication with children in developing world

Washington, DC – (June 18, 2012) Dafna Lemish (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), a Fellow of the International Communication Association, has partnered with UNICEF to help launch and develop a free resource package available for worldwide use for the creation of quality media for children.

"How do you tell a child in South Africa his parent died of HIV/AIDS? It's important to develop communication that speaks to these children telling them they are not alone," said Barbara Kolucki, Co-author of the program and Consultant for Children's Media, UNICEF.

Based on Lemish's research—particularly her 2010 book, Screening Gender on Children's Television: The Views of Producers Around the World—she found that quality communication could improve children's lives.

"Fundamentally, my research and academic activity is grounded in my view that social scientists should also be involved in social-action research and creative work that develops academic knowledge as a resource for social change and engagement with the community-at-large," Lemish said.

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PROJECTS / ARTICLES: Youth Media Network giving youth a voice (Antigua & Barbuda)

Monday, 18 June 2012

St. John’s Antigua- The youths in Antigua & Barbuda will get their chance to put their own stamp on the media through the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Media Network.

Started in 2010, the Youth Media Network’s mission is to relay information and current affairs using technocological gadgets such as phones, using young people’s language.

Director of Youth Affairs Cleon Athill explained that the group, comprising young people between the ages of 15 and 22, meets on a weekly basis.

“They meet on a Wednesday and their job basically is to begin to create youth friendly media content and put a youth perspective on what’s happening in the media,” Athill said in an interview.

The aim, Athill said, is to encourage youth involvement in the evolving world of the media.

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ARTICLES / NEWS / PRINT: Smart newspapers win at attracting youth

I-Next of India has been designated the 2012 World Young Reader Newspaper of the Year in the annual Young Reader Prize competition from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which awarded 21 prizes to newspapers and a printing plant that have found innovative ways to attract young people to the news.

“Prize winners show that newspapers can successfully appeal to younger audiences in the digital age,” said Aralynn McMane, executive director of WAN-IFRA young readership development.

“This year’s winners offer a fantastic set of examples for how to capture and captivate this audience at that key point in their lives when they will or will not become interested for life in a multiplatform relationship with their newspaper.”

A full list of winners can be found here


EVENTS: Cinekid 2012

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The 26th edition of Cinekid, the film, television and new media festival for children will take place in Amsterdam from: 17 – 26 October 2012
Cinekid for Professionals will take place from: 23 – 26 October 2012

You can send in your latest productions or projects for the following events:

Submit your new feature film for our prestigious International Film Competition and compete for the Cinekid Lion and € 15.000 Euro. Our international competition programme will consist of 15 children’s films. To qualify for selection we would like to receive a DVD with English subtitles and the filled out entry form.

Submit your project in development for our international Junior Coproduction Market. This can be a film, television or cross media project. The cross media project needs to have a film or television component. You will pitch your project in pre-selected one-on-one meetings to key financiers in the children’s media industry. This includes sales agents, distributors, commissioning editors, producers, funding bodies, branding companies, entertainment companies, etc. Your project will need to have a minimum of 10% financing already in place.
For further details, please visit:  http://www.cinekid.nl/professionals/coproductionmarkets

Submit your finished production(s) for our international ScreeningClub. The ScreeningClub is Cinekid’s digital screening facility that provides a sheltered environment where key buyers from over 18 countries, including festival programmers, sales agents and distributors screen over 250 titles with English subtitles for possible acquisition or programming. You can send in a short or feature film, television series, youth documentaries, animation and live-action, etc. The production has to be finished in 2011/ 2012 and include English subtitles.
For further details, please visit: http://www.cinekid.nl/professionals/sscreeningclub

For all the online entry forms and regulations, please visit: http://www.cinekid.nl/professionals/entries/about
For any further information, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our website: www.cinekid.nl

Erik Mund
Head of Film Department

Fleur Winters
Head of Cinekid for Professionals
Please note:
Cinekid will be present at the upcoming festivals:
·         Prix Jeunesse (Fleur Winters)
·         Festival d'Animation Annecy (Fleur Winters)
·         Children’s Media Conference (Fleur Winters)

OPPORTUNITIES: UNESCO essay contest open

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Children and young adults up to 25 years of age can participate in this worldwide essay contest.
The 2012 Goi Peace Foundation - UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People are inviting youth to respond to this question: What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world?
Essays must be 800 words or less, typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German or 1600 characters or less in Japanese.
The first-place winner will receive a certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,000) and will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled for November 2012.
All prize winners will be announced in November 2012 on the Goi Peace Foundation website and the UNESCO website.
The deadline is June 30.
For more information, click here

COMPETITIONS / OPPORTUNITIES: 60 second science video competition

Create a short video that explains an invention, an experiment, a science concept or an idea and submit it to the 60 second science video competition. The video must be a “Science” based video or animation and contestants must explain the science, not merely demonstrate a phenomenon. The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 August. 

Find out more from the competition’s website

NEWS / ARTICLES: Young People and the Challenges of Rio+20

Children have a remarkable ability to live in the moment, to lose themselves wholly in an activity and take pleasure in the most simple of things. They do not spend time dwelling on the past, worrying about the future or deliberating on the consequences of their actions. That's what adults are for. And yet, as we prepare for the Rio Earth Summit later this month, it is hard not to have a sense that this generation of adults are collectively failing our children.
Yesterday provided an opportunity for a handful of those children to take center stage as over 30 young people aged between 12 and 21 sacrificed a day of their precious school holidays or reading weeks to attend a 'Rio Youth Question Time' event at the Science Museum. The event brought them together with a variety of environment and sustainability experts including broadcaster Simon Reeve and Stern Review co-author Dimitiri Zenghellis to discuss the key issues they want addressed by world leaders at the Earth Summit. In the afternoon they were joined for a lively final discussion by environment secretary Caroline Spelman.
The young people pointed out that unlike many of the political decision makers attending Rio+20, they would still be around for Rio+40, Rio+60 and Rio+80 and they challenged the minister to help instill a long term vision among policy makers for a sustainable future for the planet.

NEWS: Du supports Majid bin Mohammed Youth Media Awards for third consecutive year

Saturday, 9 June 2012

HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, recognised Du's efforts to support the stars of the future at the Majid bin Mohammed Youth Media Awards.

Du's CEO, Osman Sultan was present at the ceremony and accepted the much-coveted award on behalf of the telecommunication company in the presence of Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, Du among other members of Du executive management.This is the third consecutive year that du has supported the Majid bin Mohammed Youth Media Awards, which this year was held under the title 'Reveal Your Talent'. 

To illustrate Du's longstanding commitment to spearheading the careers of Emirati youth, a video centering on the company's Brand and Communication team member Balqees Zainal - who was named 'Rising Star of the Year' at the 2011 Annual Arabian Computer News Arab Technology Awards - was played, chronicling the Emirati's roster of accomplishments in the sphere of Social Media.

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NEWS: Disney bans junk-food advertising on children's programs

Thursday, 7 June 2012

LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Co. has become the first major media company to ban junk-food advertising on programming that targets children.
Building on a healthful-foods initiative in its theme parks, Disney imposed new standards for food and beverages advertised on Disney XD and during the Saturday morning programs on Disney-owned ABC television stations. Disney Channel and Disney Junior, which are not ad-supported but receive brand sponsorships, would also be covered under the nutrition guidelines, officials said.
Kantar Media, a research firm specializing in advertising, estimated the total amount of ad spending for this kind of advertising on Disney-owned channels and Saturday morning children’s programming on ABC totaled $7.2 million in 2011.

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Don't Expect Kids' Networks to Follow Disney on Food Ads

Walt Disney Co.'s new restrictions on food advertising to children may increase attention to healthy eating and enhance the company's brand, but don't look for them to spur new ad policies elsewhere in kids' TV.
The media giant said Tuesday that it will no longer accept sponsorships or advertisements for foods that don't meet certain guidelines for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Saturday-morning programming on ABC-owned stations, kids' radio and its online properties. While all eyes are now on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The Hub to follow suit, none of the new networks gave any indication that they are prepping their own new guidelines for food and drink ads.


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