Kaiser Family Foundation Releases New Report
on Role of Media in Childhood
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a
report today reviewing more than 40 studies on the role of
media in the
nation's dramatically increasing rates of childhood obesity.
concludes that the majority of scientific research indicates
who spend the most time with media are more likely to be overweight.
Contrary to common assumptions, however, most research reviewed
report does not find that children's media use displaces more
physical activities. Therefore, the research indicates that
there may be
other factors related to children's media use that are contributing
weight gain. In particular, children's exposure to billions
of dollars worth
of food advertising and marketing in the media may be a key
through which media contributes to childhood obesity.
cites studies that show that the typical child sees about 40,000 ads
a year on TV, and that the majority of ads targeted to kids are
for candy, cereal, soda and fast food. Furthermore,
many of the advertising and marketing campaigns
enlist children's favorite TV and movie characters: from SpongeBob
Cheez-Its to Scooby-Doo cereals and Teletubbies Happy Meals.
The report also cites research indicating that
exposure to food advertising affects children's
food choices and requests for products in the supermarket.
Youth Theater Manual (in French only)
Published within the framework of the project "A
Cultural Approach to
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care", the manual was developed
by UNESCO's Regional
Bureau for Education in Africa in Dakar, in close collaboration
Division for Cultural Politics and Intercultural Dialogue.
Produced by young people for young people, the manual proposes
an original and creative approach to the prevention
of HIV/AIDS. Both educational and recreational,
the theatre is presented here as a culturally appropriate,
effective and participatory means of prevention. The "theatre forum" -
interactive theatre involving direct participation by the audience - seems particularly relevant in this instance.
THE MANUAL - pdf (4.19 MB)
Television advertising leads to unhealthy habits
in children, says APA task force
Research shows that children under the age of eight
are unable to critically comprehend televised advertising messages
and are prone to accept advertiser messages as truthful, accurate
and unbiased. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits as evidenced
by today's youth obesity epidemic. For these reasons, a task
force of the American Psychological Association (APA) is recommending
that advertising targeting children under the age of eight
On children's TV, we do need another hero - a human
The days when kids, particularly younger ones, watched
shows starring humans - Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers, Shari
Lewis, even Pee-wee Herman - are for the history books. Now it's "SpongeBob
SquarePants", "Fairly Odd Parents" and "Powerpuff
Girls," with occasional breaks for human-animated hybrids
like "Blue's Clues" and costumed characters like Big
Bird and Barney. On children's TV, it seems there isn't a live
The WHO Media Award
WHO/Europe will be giving a Media
Award to mark the Fourth Ministerial Conference
on Environment and Health (2004), dedicated to "The
future for our children".
Entries are invited
on subjects related to children's health and environment.
These could feature for example, the human stories, the science,
the politics, or community action on topics such as air pollution, noise,
injuries from traffic, chemicals, poor housing, radio masts/radiation,
poverty, contaminated water, climate change (e.g. floods), hazardous
work, unsafe food, environmental tobacco smoke, asthma or allergy, reproductive health, social issues (e.g. abandoned children).
MORE INFO AND APPLICATION DETAILS
New toys interact with TV
A miniature Batmobile can now rev its engine in sync with an animatedversion
on TV, while a plush cat can sing along with a DVD or video. Toy companies, hoping
to compete with video and computer games, are marketing toys
that interact with what children are watching on TV. But unlike
some high-tech toys of the past that were too difficult to operate, manufacturers promise the latest versions are easy to use.
Media projects on children's rights
The Brazil-based News Agency for Children's Rights (Andi) is organizing the third
edition of its contest for media projects on the rights of children and adolescents.
The purpose is to promote responsible and professional dialogue among journalists,
social actors and the mass media about the protection of children's basic rights,
using communication strategically to that end. The deadline to submit projects
is April 18.
The competition is open to nonprofit organizations based in the states of Alagoas,
Amapá, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso,
Pará, Paraíba, Piauí, Río de Janeiro, Río
Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, São Paulo and Tocantins, or initiatives
whose actions are aimed at these localities.
INFO from IJNet (in English) or on the ANDI
website (in Portuguese).
Media and Children
The course that will take place in Opatija, Croatia from
18 February 2004 to 22 February 2004 is dedicated to child
rights in the media and the coverage of
children's issues by adult journalists.
13th Global Painting Contest - for children worldwide
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Foundation for Global
Peace have launched the Thirteenth Global Painting Contest with the theme 'Seas
In this contest children are asked to convey their vision for a cleaner, healthier
and more environmentally-friendly world. All entries will be archived at the
National Museums of Ethnology in Japan. Prizes will be awarded for the best 500
entries which will later be used in the production of postcards, a calendar,
posters, publications and exhibitions worldwide.
Ads To Help Children Respect Differences
Children throughout Northern Ireland between the age of three and five
years are being targeted by
educational programme intent on encouraging respect forpeople who have physical,
racial and cultural differences.
The Media Initiative for Children was developed
by the early years organisation NIPPA and the Peace Initiatives
Institute (Pii) from the United States. The adverts are currently
running and the
curriculum is being taught in this pilot phase of the program
in a bid to build a
greater understanding of the differences among very young children.
MORE INFO from the MAGIC bank
India for film, TV barter with China
Chinese ballet on Doordarshan's National Network. And
Indian dance on CCTV. What next? Two days after a high-powered
Chinese delegation led by senior Minister for Radio, Films and
TV of China, Xu Guangchun who likes Indian cinema for their dose
of realism, called on CEO Prasar Bharati Corporation K.S. Sarma
promising to indulge in cultural exchange, it was the turn of
Information and Broadcasting Ministry Ravi Shankar Prasad to
take the links to greater heights.
Program helps parents cut children's TV watching
A family-based intervention program reduced television
children substantially, researchers report. It's something
parents can do in cooperation with their children, says
program leader Barbara A. Dennison, because the key element
things that children prefer to TV.
Censor 'Scooby-Doo'? Words fail
The Bush administration has decided that people with
bad hearing have bad
judgment, too, and need special guidance from the federal government.
So the U.S. Department of Education is declaring about 200
programs inappropriate for closed-captioning and denying federal
requests to make them accessible to the hearing-impaired.
First Independent Video & Short Film Festival
In a Call for Entries, the organizers of the First
Independent Video & Short Film Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania,
are looking for international entries from young people up
to the age of 26.
Community radio struggling in hostile environment
by a group of noisy young people, Zakia Zaki,
a 40-year-old headmistress, tries to host a children's programme
on Radio Solh (Peace) - a community radio initiative in Jabulsaraj in
the central Afghan province of Parvan. The province was on
the front line between the
Taliban and the Northern Alliance (NA) for more than five years, which left shattered lives everywhere.
ARTICLE from IRINNEWS
Flash animation competition
The Russian-language website "Djetskoe vremya" offers
a competition for flash-animations/flash-games. Create your
own heroes, write up the story and your biography and send
it to firstname.lastname@example.org before
April 1, 2004.
INFO in Russian.
Writing Stories About Tolerance - A Worldwide Student
The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief recently announced a Worldwide
Contest for Children and Youth (ages 12 - 25) on writing stories about tolerance.
Some of the stories will be selected for publishing, and the writers of the best
stories will be rewarded.
UTV set to launch Hindi channel for kids
In a clear sign that pester power - or targeting parents
with ads that use children's persuasive powers - is here to stay,
UTV-promoter Ronnie Screwvala will launch the country's first
24-hour general Hindi entertainment channel aimed at the 4- to
Ugandan Minister for Health hands over OneWorld/MTV
Award and launches
public health CD
Joseph Beyanga, the winner of the first OneWorld/MTV
Staying Alive audio competition, received
his award today from the Ugandan minister of
state for health, the Honourable Mike Mukula.
While handing over the
award, the minister praised Joseph for the
initiative, and effort he put into creating a winning global
public service announcement.
Speaking at the ceremony, the minister reminded Ugandans
that, even with a drop from 30% HIV prevalence to 6% prevalence,
still an epidemic in the country. He cautioned
that not until the prevalence drops to below
3% would the disease be in check.
The OneWorld / MTV World staying
alive competition enabled young people from
around the world to produce and submit original audio or
video public service announcements (PSAs) that convey the
messages of MTV's
award winning HIV/AIDS awareness campaign,
TO JOSEPH'S WINNING ENTRY
Teens get taste of TV -
Children's Media Project (CMP) produces series
A year ago, 17-year-old Obi Williams' only experience with
television was watching it. That is before
she connected with Children's Media Project. ''I did photography,''
said Williams, who lives in Hyde Park.
''It kind of blows my mind seeing my first piece.''
helped Obi create an experimental video about herself that was
screened at a film festival in the Hamptons
and, on Thursday and Friday, she can sit in
front of her television and watch a CMP project she helped edit
ARTICLE or write to Chris
Schuepp for more info
What Works in Youth Media -
Case Studies Around the World by Sheila Kinkade and Christy
"What Works in Youth Media: Case Studies from Around
the World" looks at how
young people are harnessing the power of media to educate the
issues they care about. It also explores the tremendous power
of youth media
programs to promote young people's personal growth and development
them with essential 'skills for life' that will enable them
This 85-page publication profiles case studies
of seven youth media
projects, including a youth-led magasine in Zambia that's playing
role in that country's fight against HIV/AIDs; a youth radio
programme in Viet Nam that's reaching over 30 million listeners; and a youth-run television
programme in Albania that's educating the public about children's
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