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International Children's Day of Broadcasting theme 2003
The theme for this year's ICDB (December 14th, 2003) is heroes and role models.
banner 'We can be heroes,' UNICEF is urging broadcasters to throw the spotlight
inspirational people - young and old - who help to make a world fitfor children.
More info on the ICDB homepage
WHO Media Award 2004 - "Future for our Children"
WHO/Europe is inviting entries
for the WHO Media Award 2004, the "Future for our
Children" and they would like to spread the word to
reach as many film-makers as possible.
Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health will
bring together the 52 countries of the WHO
European Region in Budapest in June 2004.
The focus will be on how to reduce children's exposure to environmental
To mark the occasion,the WHO Media Award 2004 will be presented.
This is an award for films, programmes
and public service announcements which touch on the
subject of children and environmental hazards. They might
be on for example, topics such as children
and asthma, traffic, allergies, floods, chemicals,
radiation,injuries, poverty, the afermath of war, unsafe
water or bad housing.
There are three categories (short films and public service
announcements, documentaries, programmes made for or by
young people (fiction or documentary)).
The closing date is March 2004.
For more info, click here
email Viv Taylor
at the WHO
New Study Finds Children Age Zero to Six Spend As Much Time With TV, Computers
and Video Games As Playing Outside
Washington, D.C. – Even the very youngest children in America are growing
up immersed in media, spendinghours a day watching TV and videos, using computers
and playing video games,
according to a new study released on October 28th, 2003 by the Henry J. Kaiser
Children six and under
spend an average of two
hours a day using screen media (1:58), about the same amount of time they spend
playing outside (2:01), and well over the amount they spend reading or being
read to (39 minutes).
OF THE PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Awards 2003
The CBA Unicef Award for Outstanding Local Children's Broadcasting has beenawarded
to BBC World Service Trust/Doordarshan and Naco, the Indian AIDS organisation,
for a vigorous and pioneering TV campaign on AIDS aimed at young people, which
challenged minds and changed behaviour. The eight-member team led by series
producer Sonia Chowdhry was honoured.
More info on the CBA
Kids account for one out of five Internet surfers in the US - More than 27 million
American kids connect online
Nielsen//NetRatings, the global standard
for Internet audiencemeasurement and analysis, reports that more than 27 million
Internet users between
the ages of 2 and 17logged online from home in September 2003. Twelve million
children aged 2-11
in the U.S. accessed theInternet from home while 14.9 million teens aged 12-17
connected online. In September,
kids betweenthe ages of 2-17 represented 21 percent of active at home Internet
users or one
out of five Web surfers.
OF THE PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
Sesame Street Stories for children in the Middle East
Episodes of the popular Sesame Street TV series for children are being produced
in Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories with the support of the European
Commission within its EU Partnership for Peace Programme. Building on the well-established
Sesame Street model, these Sesame Stories aim to promote long-term respect and
understanding in the Middle East among Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian children,
in the belief that ignorance of others fuels the ongoing conflict in the region.
Children fuel internet explosion
Children are leading the way when it comes to venturing into cyberspace, surfing
the net for music and games. The number of children online in Europe has jumped
by a third in a year, analysts Nielsen/NetRatings have found.
MP champions fast food ad ban
A Labour MP is to introduce a bill that would ban fast food companies from
advertising to pre-school children amid mounting pressure for the government
to act to stem the rising tide of obesity among children in the UK.
Debra Shipley, the MP for Stourbridge, wants parliament to vote for a ban
on the "advertising of high fat, high sugar and high salt content food
and drink during pre-school children's television".
Unicef art contest winners awarded in Oman
Images of peace, friendship and a beautiful environment were among the winning
entries of the children's art competition entitled 'The World We Want', organised
by Unicef under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry
of Social Development in collaboration with the Omani Society for Fine Arts
and private sector sponsors.
Out of the circle - Campaign on Exclusion of Children Begins
The Macedonian network of NGOs working on
child rights promotion and Step by Step launched the campaign
exclusion of children under the motto "Out of the circle".
the campaign together with the Foundation Open Society Institute
and the King Baudouin foundation. Over 200 children from rural
marginalized areas were involved in development of messages,
stories about their life and how it feels to be excluded. Their
will be used for the one-year campaign and will be displayed
city lights, posters and TV spot. The National Coordinator
Macedonian network Antoni Novotnii presented
an open letter to the Minister of Labour and
Social Policy Jovan Manasievski calling for finalization of
the National Plan of Action
for Children. The Head of UNICEF Office Debora Comini called for
new partnerships and cooperation with the media, civil society, governmental
and non-governmental institutions - to promote society where diversity
is respected, where the rights of every child are upheld, where no child
is excluded. Across the countries of Central and Eastern Europe,
the Commonwealth of Independent States and
the Baltics the NGO Networks for Children
with UNICEF support run similar region-wide public awareness campaign
with a generic name Leave No Child Out.
more info, please see the
OneMinute on Social Inclusion from Macedonia (1.92 MB, RealPlayer
the Berlin workshop videos
The OneMinutesJr website has been updated and now shows the 21 films produced
by young filmmakers at the Berlin workshop (October 10-14).
Go to www.theoneminutesjr.org
Disney Mag Caught 'Tween' A Kids Market And A Hard
Disney Adventures publisher Kathy Gordon doesn't mince words when talking
about challenges facing the handful of "tween" magazines
battling for market supremacy. "It's an incredibly tough place to
says plainly. "There's only about five ad categories we can get.
Beyond that, it really drops off."
Indeed, certain categories - pharma, luxury goods - obviously have no place
in a publication targeting children between the ages of six and 12. Other
advertisers, like video game companies, tend to spend most of their dollars
in Maxim and FHM before parceling out the scraps to younger-leaning titles.
This leaves the tween mags - and there aren't many of them, perhaps owing
to this precarious market position - to fight over a narrow range of confections,
toys and packaged goods companies.
Soap ratings war 'exposes children to TV violence'
Children are being exposed to scenes of increasingly explicit sex andviolence
in television soap operas amid an intense ratings war, according toa study published
on October 6th.
Of almost 1,000 parents interviewed about their attitudes to the 9pmwatershed,
47 per cent said they were concerned that soap operas containedmaterial that
was not suitable for children. They expressed particularconcern about the "moral" effect
on their children of a ratings war
between Coronation Street on ITV and EastEnders on BBC.
Around one third were also worried about content in crime series such as The Bill
on ITV and police and hospital dramas, according to the joint study by the BBC,
the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the Independent Television Commission.
A total of 4,000 adults and 1,500 children were questioned about pre-watershed
viewing, either in focus groups or surveys. The research forms part of a series
of studies by broadcast watchdogs into children's reaction to television. Last
month a study into television violence accused Hollyoaks and Buffy The Vampire
Slayer, which are aimed at teenagers, of "overstepping the mark".
The report found that 95 per cent of adults and 72 per cent of children support
the watershed, which is policed by the ITC and the Broadcasting Standards Commission, both of which will be replaced by Ofcom in December. Under watershed rules programmes deemed unsuitable for children
watching alone cannot be shown before 9pm. After that scenes equivalent to
a 15-certificate film are permissible, and 18-certificate content can only
be shown after 10pm.
Publication of the report, The watershed: Providing a safe viewing zone, coincides
with a series of soap storylines testing viewers' tastes. Parents were concerned
at a plot in Coronation Street in which a serial killer drives into a canal
in his car containing his estranged wife and her children. A significant minority
of parents, particularly those with younger children, believed the underwater
shots showing the family struggling to escape should not have been shown until later in the evening.
from The Independent
Campaign for Listening to Young People in the UK
The Big Listen is a week dedicated to listening. It will feature activities designed
to encourage more adults and organisations to listen to young people.
It will also help to raise a lot more money for ChildLine, the UK's free,
24-hour helpline for children and young people.
The Big Listen is part of the BT 'Am I Listening?' campaign which was launched
in October 2002. It kicked off with the unveiling of a new partnership
between BT and ChildLine, and the launch of BT's biggest ever social
Although the initial focus is on helping ChildLine, this is only the beginning
of a long term campaign which aims to ensure that every young voice
is heard. The motivation comes from some original research that was conducted
by BT in consultation with ChildLine in 2002. It revealed that the majority
of children and young people in the UK believe that 'their voices are
not being heard and acted upon'.
During the Big Listen, BT will be working in partnership with ChildLine
to publish guides to listening, both for adults and children and young
people. In addition, the British Youth Council will pubish a new lobbying
guide for young people. These new publications will feed in to an
more information, contact:
The Big Listen
Claire McDonald, Project Manager
Tel: 00 44 20 7428 4946;
MPs Want New Child Rights in UK Law
group of MPs and peers will call on the government to
incorporate the UN convention on the rights of the child
into British law, the Guardian has learnt.
Such a move would
allow children to challenge in the courts any legislation or
policy as being against their best interests.
from The Guardian
Internews and UNICEF Pave the Way For Future Youth Media Centers
51 young people from various schools,
orphanages and boarding schools, half of which belong to
Volunteer Groups that have been formed in the UNICEF supported
Resource Centers in collaboration with the Ministry of Education,
took part in a series of journalism seminars in Baku and
jointly organized by Internews-Azerbaijan Public Association
from the Internews Azerbaijan
www.theoneminutesjr.org voted "World
Site of the Month"
The OneMinutesJr website was voted "World Site of the Month - October 2003" by
the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The link on their website
in Dutch only, but you can find more info on www.theoneminutesjr.org
or in the MAGIC
Two of the OneMinutesJr from the Tbilisi workshop will be shown on BBC 2 on October
18th and 20th as part of the BBC Blast TV program. For more info, please go to
Children in Newspapers - A Global Content Study
The "Children in Newspapers" global
project asked students aged 10-12 to read their local newspaper
week, cutting out, discussing and categorising articles that
This work builds on earlier studies from the United Kingdom
(1998) and the United States (1996), where newspapers were
not partners in the effort, as well upon a Nordic NIE Survey
of 2002 and four previous studies of young people in the
press carried out in Norway/Sweden between 1994-2000.
on the WAN
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