Links in this section will
take you to new, non-UNICEF websites.
The Oslo Challenge to parents
to acknowledge and support the rights of children to have
access to media, participate in it and use it as a tool for their
to provide a protective and supportive environment in which
children can make choices as media consumers that promote their
development to their full potential;
to be as informed as possible about trends and directions
in the media and, where possible, to contribute actively to forming
such trends and directions through participation in focus groups,
feedback mechanisms and by using procedures laid down for comment
and complaints on media content.
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The following websites and sources of further information will
be useful for parents in fulfilling the above goals. They are a
starting point, and we would be interested to hear from parents
what they would like to see featured on this site (just fill in
this simple form).
The MAGICbank features
media initiatives by, with and for children. It can be searched
under a variety of categories, including Media activity, for example
'media training' and 'media studies'; or Themes, for example, 'empowerment'
Search in the Links and
contacts section of this site under country or region of origin.
The following sites will be useful for parents who see the
educational value of the Internet, but are concerned about the safety
of their children.
Teddy's TV troubles helps parents ease
their children's fears. Joanne Cantor, Ph.D.,
a nationally (US) recognized authority on the media and children,
has written Teddy’s TV Troubles, a
reassuring children's book to help families cope with today's
disturbing media environment. Parents often have difficulty comforting
their young children, who can't readily be reassured with words.
The book helps by acknowledging the fear and letting children
know they are not alone, showing a loveable character work
through his fears with the help of a caring adult and by presenting
a series of age-appropriate activities that help children overcome
their fears, including drawing pictures, creative
play and reassuring bedtime rituals.
a US children's activity website, monitors communications, offers
no real-time chat rooms, limits the collection of children's personal
information and does not share user information with the site's
business partners. It also requires all those who register to supply
parental email addresses so that consent can be obtained.
- The Internet
Content Rating Association (ICRA) is an international, independent
organization that empowers the public, especially parents, to make
informed decisions about electronic media by means of the open and
objective labelling of content.
- The international campaign group Innocence
en Danger is one of many groups of concerned parents seeking
alliances to protect children from the risks of unsupervised Internet
- The UK-based interactive website
Miss Dorothy provides links for children and adults to examine
safety codes, government guidelines and examples of good safety
practice in schools.
- Chat Danger
provides parents with advice on how to recognize and prevent problems
that can arise in chat rooms. Although it is aimed primarily at
the United Kingdom and Europe, advice is applicable for anyone in
- Further information is provided in the Child
Protection on the Internet section of this site.
The UNICEF website has a selection of frequently
asked questions that parents ask about the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child, including Article 12,
which deals with children's rights to express themselves.
The MAGICchildren section
of this site has useful resources parents can use with their children
to encourage them to learn about their rights, have their say and
get involved with the media.
The Children and the
media section of this site provides a full briefing on trends
and directions in the media involving children.
The Canadian-based Media Awareness Network has a section
for parents on its website
. This has practical information and resources on media education
in the home, and for parents who wish the media to be a positive
influence in their children's lives. Sections include Five Ways
to Use the News, Becoming a Media-Wise Family and Taking Action.
The Center for Media Literacy website
features details of resources for parents, for example a Sitcom
Sleuths board game. There is also a reading room, featuring excerpts
from books that give guidance for parents on subjects like children
The Childnet Awards reward children - and those working
with them - who are using the Internet to benefit others. Further
information, including closing dates for the current awards, can
be found on their website.
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