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NEWS / PROJECTS
Catching Them Young - Kaila!
The Fiji Times has launched "Kaila!", the country's first
youth newspaper, and the children of Fiji are loving it. Fiji Times
managing director Tony Yianni highlighted the importance of giving
children a forum of their own in which they can actively learn and
"It's become the voice of Fiji, very quickly, rather surprisingly
because they trust the paper," he told the Commonwealth Press
Union editors forum in Sydney this week. In nations such as Fiji
where technological uptake is slow and in some areas non-existent,
newspapers act as an important tool for national development.
TV's children confuse reality with fiction
Sociologist N. Rajaram says: "Media plays a big role in how
today's generation deals with their problems. Movies, soaps and
glossy magazines deliver a variety of ideas to teenagers. Some of
them feign their own kidnapping to get desired results. The problem
is that certain television serials portray such acts in jest and
children think that they can get away with anything and that faking
one's own abduction is a child's play."
Arctic Youth Impressions - Your North, Your Community,
Are you looking for an outlet to express yourself? Do you
want to share your thoughts and opinions with others? The Arctic
Council's Future of Children and Youth in the Arctic Initiative
is calling on Arctic youth from all circumpolar countries to submit
creative pieces of work to be posted on the On Top of the World
Web site. Essays, Photography, Poetry - Enter by February 28th!
Danger - TV in the home
Parents should exercise the same control over their children's TV
viewing as they do over tablets or chemicals in the home. That was
the warning issued today by psychology experts in Birmingham, increasingly
alarmed at the influence of violent TV on impressionable children.
Researchers at Birmingham University's Centre for Forensic and Family
Psychology have now issued safety guidelines. They say the availability
of videos, satellite and cable TV in the home means children now
have access to " violent media inappropriate to their age,
developmental stage and mental health".
PROMAX&BDA joins with UNICEF on one minute video
Winning Entry Will Serve As Voices of Youth PSA, Airing Globally
In Celebration of ICDB
PROMAX&BDA, the global, non-profit association dedicated to
advancing the role and effectiveness of promotion, marketing and
broadcast design professionals in the electronic media, has signed
on as co-sponsor of UNICEF's Voices of Youth*s One Minute Video
Contest. The competition, open to anyone under the age of 25 anywhere
in the world, asks contestants to demonstrate how young people are
speaking out, taking action and making a difference in their community
and the world at large.
"Unless we work with children, for children, we will never
achieve the goals we have set to achieve. Make a Difference contest
is another way that UNICEF is setting the stage for real youth participation
and partnership" says Jeannette Gonzalez, Programme Coordinator,
UNICEF's Children's Broadcasting initiatives. "UNICEF very
much appreciates the support given to this contest by PROMAX&BDA
and its members."
The winning entry will serve as the official public service announcement
for UNICEF's Voice of Youth, a global website for young people to
explore, discuss and take action on issues that affect them. In
addition to prizes for the winning video entry, the resulting PSA
will be made available for broadcast around the globe in celebration
of The International Children's Day of Broadcasting, December 11,
2005. PROMAX&BDA will fly the contest winner(s) and a parent
or guardian to New York City to attend the organization's annual
conference, June 21 through 23 at the Marriott Marquis at Times
Square. PROMAX&BDA will also host a 45-minute session focusing
on the winning video entry and discussion with the young video artist.
"I cannot think of a more effective means for communicating
the power of television as well as the importance of getting involved,"
said Jim Chabin, CEO of PROMAX&BDA in making the announcement.
"This competition clearly demonstrates the formidable impact
that young people have on the world when they decide to speak out,
take action and make a difference. And by encouraging others to
join that effort, the potential for effecting positive global change
is just awe-inspiring. I'm anxious to see the entries and meet the
winner and know they will make an indelible impression on our worldwide
membership this coming June."
Criteria for video submissions include: showing how young people
can and are taking action to make the world, and their own communities,
a better place. Video must capture the mission of Voices of Youth
-- to promote and protect every child's right to know more, say
more and do more about the world they live in. Video must be exactly
one minute in length. Participants must be below 25 years of age.
Submissions can be made either by an individual or group, and can
be sponsored by an organization or corporation; however, each individual
or group is limited to only one submission. All videos should be
free of copyright materials. Deadline for submission is March 1,
The International Children's Day of Broadcasting
is celebrated on the second Sunday of every December, is a day when
broadcasters around the world "Tune in to Kids". They
air quality programming for and about children. But most of all,
they allow children to be part of the programming process, to talk
about their hopes and dreams and share information with their peers.
The Day is a joint initiative of UNICEF and the International Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences. Every year, thousands of broadcasters
in more than a hundred countries take part in the day, celebrating
it in ways that are as unique and special as children themselves.
to get inspired!
Teens Embark on Media Campaigns to Address the Top
Killer Of Youths - Automobile Accidents
Teenagers from across the country are helping their peers
become safer drivers through Project Ignition, a creative service-learning
program. Through Project Ignition, high school classes create peer-focused
media campaigns addressing teen driving habits and choices. Participants
use a wide-range of media to deliver their messages, including music,
video and art. Last year's campaigns addressed such issues as seatbelt
usage, defensive driving, and drinking and driving.
Youth services host digital arts festivals
A grant from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is helping
transform children from Fort Myer's Youth Services into budding
visual artists. Anthony Wright, a functional technology specialist
with Fort Myer's Child and Youth Services program said he applied
for a grant that awarded the installation $2,000 worth of camera
equipment and software with the expectation that youth compete in
a Digital Arts Festival.
ARTICLES / PROJECTS
Young women's magazine seeks interns, computers
A Zambian magazine run entirely by young, female volunteers is looking
for interns to help produce its upcoming issues.
The magazine, Kwacha Kum'mawa, is looking for volunteers to help
the staff with writing, editing, formatting, layout and marketing.
Publisher Josephine Tembo Chitalu told IJNet that the magazine would
provide for food and lodging, so long as interns pay for their own
airfare to Zambia. Five women launched Kwacha Kum'mawa, based in
Chipata, in 2001. They wanted to give young girls in the region
an outlet to learn writing and journalism skills. Since then, the
magazine's office has become something of a haven for local teenage
girls, Chitalu said.
"Many young girls have started flocking to the center to learn,
chat, discuss and hope the future has something for them,"
she said. The magazine aims to help educate and change the lifestyles
of women and teens, with information on women's health and rights.
Over the past two years, however, the publication has suffered from
a lack of trained professionals and computer equipment. Chitalu
says the staff has managed to produce only two editions of the magazine
in the past two years. The problem: a lack of computer equipment
and trainers for the young staff.
"Our major goal now, whether we publish or not, is to ensure
we do something for these dozens of young girls," Chitalu said.
They are also asking for donations of old typewriters or computers
for the magazine. Things are already starting to turn around for
the magazine. In January, Kwacha Kum'mawa received three computers
from the World Computer Exchange, a U.S.-based nonprofit that donates
used computer equipment to youth-oriented groups in developing countries.
Chitalu said the computers would allow the magazine to open a stringer
office in Sinda. Local officials also have donated a new office
for the magazine, allowing it to expand its services. It now houses
an Internet café and counseling center for staff members
and local women in the region.
For more information, contact Chitalu
AND FURTHER INFO
Media project facilitates debate on future of young women in
A group of young women in the Syrian capital, Damascus, were given
the opportunity this week to generate their own audio and visual
stories, focusing on the theme: "Where I am now and where I
want to be by 2015".
The event, organised by the BBC World Service Trust, under a project
called 'My Life', was an opportunity for the young women, aged between
14 and 20, to debate ideas and issues affecting them and to talk
about how they can progress in life.
"I am indeed very happy. It is unbelievable to raise such a
theme in our country," Mwana Orfaly, 15, told IRIN.
Children take media to task on tsunami coverage in India
It was an interaction with a difference as children held media persons
in the dock over the coverage of issues related to their counterparts
affected by tsunami. Members of Bal Panchayat, a forum for children's
self-expression, today said issues of children affected by tsunami
were not being given adequate importance by the media.
Presenting their reports here after a media scanning exercise, where
they analysed the coverage of children's issues by major English
and Hindi newspapers over a period of two-weeks in the aftermath
of tsunami, they said issues of malnutrition and counseling of children
were not being highlighted enough.
"In the newspaper I scanned, out of the 58 items on tsunami
only 13 related to children. I could hardly find news items relating
to nutrition, trauma care as well as safety and rehabilitaion of
children," said 11-year-old Aarti Rawat.
'Report child witness cases sensitively'
Regional journalists are being urged to report with sensitivity
when covering court cases involving child witnesses. New research
by the NSPCC and Victim Support has shown that some victims of child
abuse who give evidence in court only hear about the outcome of
the case through their local newspaper or radio station.
And as part of its new Caring for Children in Court Appeal to support
child abuse victims giving evidence, the NSPCC has urged journalists
to help minimise what is a traumatic experience by using sensitivity
when deciding what details to include and how to treat coverage.
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Teens use IMs to widen their social circles
Madison Ryckman was in a slump, stuck at home after the holidays,
no friends in sight and a driver's permit away from freedom. Twenty
years ago, this 15-year-old might have sought escape tying up the
household's only telephone line for hours on end. Ten years ago,
she may have written a few e-mails. But today, just give her two
minutes and a few clicks on a slender new iBook laptop perched on
her thighs, and this teen is connected to a social life through
instant messaging that few over 30 have learned to appreciate.
Council of Europe urges governments to back "Safer Internet
Day" on Tuesday 8 February
Strasbourg, 07.02.2005 - The Deputy Secretary General of the
Council of Europe has called on the organisation's 46 member states
to support "Safer Internet Day" tomorrow, Tuesday 8 February.
Speaking on the eve of the event - which is a European initiative
to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people
and children - Maud de Boer-Buquicchio said:
"Raising awareness and promoting education about the safe use
of the Internet can help protect the fundamental rights of young
people and children, recognised by all 46 member States of the Council
"All that glitters is not gold. Alongside its many advantages,
the Internet - which has become a window to the world of information
and knowledge - is also the vehicle of unsolicited mail, fraud,
and illicit or prejudicial content, undermining the very basis of
human rights and human dignity.
"The vulnerability of children using the Internet entitles
them to special attention and protection - through education and
awareness of users, but also through the criminalisation and prosecution
of offences committed via the Internet".
Safer Internet Day is an annual event conducted by the Internet
Safety Awareness Network (INSAFE) under the patronage of European
Commissioner Viviane Reding. It will be celebrated in 30 countries
across Europe and beyond.
ARTICLES / PROJECTS
Native Lens teaches Swinomish teens movie-making craft, but
program's future is uncertain
Standing in an empty parking lot next to the Swinomish Tribe's social
services building, David Aleck realized he had a problem. The 15-year-old
cinematographer had covered most of his bases. He had a storyboard
sketch, a script and an actor, Martin Edwards, also 15. He had a
$3,500 camera with a stabilizing weight that looked like it weighed
half as much as he did. He had everything he needed to continue
making his movie.
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VOICES OF YOUTH DIGITAL DIARIES
A young Iraqi girl Sara describes her family's preparations
for the elections
Sara returns to tell us more about the tough choices her family
has made on the eve of Iraq's election, in her second digital diary
for UNICEF Voices of Youth and UNICEF Radio.
Voices of Youth Digital Diaries are all about young people who want
to know more.do more.and say more about the world. Our goal is to
amplify their voices by inviting the world's children to share UNICEF's
electronic podium. These reports are first-person/eyewitness accounts
by young people from around the world.
ME TO THE VOY DIGITAL DIARIES
RESEARCH / PUBLICATIONS
Influence of Computer Games on Children
In the debate on children, youth and computer games, the question
of whether computer games are harmful is often posed. The answers
provided are many and varying, making it easy to interpret the research
results as contradictory.
With an aim to clarify and bring some order to the area, the Danish
Media Council for Children and Young People has conducted an investigation
that provides some insight into children's and young people's use
of computer games.
The International Clearinghouse for Children, Youth and Media considered
the report to be of interest to a wider audience and sought collaboration
with the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People concerning
publishing of the report.
The authors, Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen and Jonas Heide Smith, have
done some revising and updating of the report, which is now available
in English. It is hoped that the report will contribute to clarification
in the debate on computer games and inspire further research in
the area. The original report Forskningsnotat om computerspil
og skadelighed (2003) is available at www.medieraadet.dk.
International Festival of Documentary Film “CRONOGRAF”
in the Republic of Moldova
The main purpose of “CRONOGRAF” Festival is to promote
the art of cinematography along with the values of documentary discourse,
by presenting the most significant documentary films of the moment.
This festival is meant to host films that mirror originality and
freedom of expression, as well as the non-traditional forms of cinema
language or new aesthetics of world cultures.
UNICEF UK youth award FILM4LIVES
Films4Lives is a brand new initiative for filmmakers being launched
in 2005. Children, young people, students and professional filmmakers
from all over the world are invited to submit short films to raise
money for charities helping children.
Film makers under the age of 19 are encouraged to send in their
short films on any theme. Priority will be given to films which
promote children and young people’s rights.
The theme for students and professional filmmakers is the promotion
of human rights. As well as raising money Films4Lives will celebrate
creativity and raise children and young people’s rights awareness
amongst filmmakers of all levels and ages. It will demonstrate how
film can begin to be used as a tool for fundraising.
Teenagers Find Information About Sex on the Internet When They
Look for It - And When They Don't, UCLA's Children's Digital Media
American children live in an "all-pervasive sexualized media
environment" that produces a "tremendous amount of inadvertent
exposure to pornography and other adult sexual media." Teenagers
are routinely exposed to values on the Internet that would disturb
many parents; teens often search the Internet for information about
sex that they would be embarrassed to discuss with an adult. Race
is another popular topic in teen chat rooms.
A special issue of the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
devoted to research on children and the electronic media, conducted
at the National Science Foundation-funded Children's Digital Media
Center, includes these findings, among many others.
Reaching teens and young adults in the Middle East
Ranging from preteens to mid 20s and currently accounting for nearly
half the Arab World Population (often called Generation-Y). This
segment is easily the most diverse and socially tolerant generation
They're also widely considered as one of the most educated and media
savvy. Having grown up in a technology rich environment, one in
which many have been immersed their entire lives, it is not surprising
that studies are showing that they spend more time on mobile phones
and surfing the Internet each week than watching TV and reading
AWARDS / CALL FOR ENTRIES
Canadian Awards of Excellence 2005
The Alliance for Children and Television (ACT) invites all Canadian
producers of children’s and youth programs to compete for
the English-Language Awards of Excellence 2005, which will be presented
at an awards ceremony in Toronto in June 2005. All entries must
be received at the ACT office in Montreal by no later than Friday,
February 25, 2005, at 5 p.m.
The ACT Awards of Excellence honours English- and French-language
productions in alternate years, with the 2005 edition being reserved
for Canadian programs produced in English. To be eligible for the
competition, programs must have aired in Canada, in English, for
the first time between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2004.
COMPETITIONS / OPPORTUNITIES
"Building a Secure Future Seeking Practical Solutions"
- World Bank essay competition
What are the biggest obstacles you face in your daily life?
What practical solutions would you propose to build a secure future
for yourself and others?
Winning essays will be chosen for their originality, clarity and
use of thoughtful yet concrete proposals for building a secure future.
You are free to develop your essay in any way you find to be the
IRAQ: Norwegian film-makers assist Kurdish colleagues
It's an example of international aid at its most basic. Jamal Penjwini,
a young Iraqi Kurdish film-maker, is showing footage from a documentary
he is preparing about smuggling over the Iran-Iraq border. Elderly
men stumble forward under loads weighing more in kilos than their
years. Poverty is omnipresent.
"This is very strong," said Anja Breien. "Edit it,
send us a DVD copy and we will do our best to get it shown in Sweden.
There's a festival of short films at Grimstad [in Norway] in March."
A director in her native Norway, Breien first came to the northern
Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah in 2003. Why, she asked then, when there
were "Kurdish" films from Iran and Turkey, had she never
heard of an Iraqi Kurdish feature film? Her hosts agreed that it
was nothing to do with a shortage of good material. What they lacked,
they told her, was expertise: people to teach them how to structure
a film and prepare a script.
Les moyens de communication - Enquete d'audience
Children: The new media consumer in Madagascar
The study, launched in November 2004 by the Minister of Communication
and the National Statistics Institute, reveals that 76% of all households
in the country listen to the radio; 32 percent watch TV and 27 percent
read newspapers. The study also pointed to the fact that village
meetings remain the first source of information for most people
and that children, surprise, surprise, listen to the radio as well!
The study, technically and financially supported by UNICEF, was
conducted in 13 sites in the country, amongst some 10,000 households.
INTERNET / CHILD PROTECTION
Sexual predators on the Internet create a problem for state and
local law enforcement, but new technologies are helping. Every year,
more children of all ages go online to study, have fun and communicate
with the world at large. The Internet is becoming an even more integral
part of our children's lives, and most are ill equipped to protect
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