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Communicating with children

Web resources

RadiJoJo - Website founded in 2003, featuring educational/entertaining radio programmes, other activities, and online content for and with children ages 3–13, supporting German-based radio series for and with children. Children and adolescents, with adult facilitation, produce their own shows and are encouraged to send in audio files, photos, videos, drawings, include local cultural content, interview peers in other countries, learn about themselves and others and become active, global citizens. Scripts focus on the equal status of children from all parts of the world: bilateral and multilateral projects in Afghanistan, Sudan, Uganda, Turkey, China, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Brazil, Ghana, Russia and others, encouraging global education and cultural exchange. Topics include: health education, peace education, children’s literature, world music and political awareness. Winner: UNICEF’s 2009 International Day of Broadcasting. <www.radijojo.de> or <htroehlinger@radijojo.de>

Themes: child survival and development, basic education, gender equality, child protection

Youth Radio for Peacebuilding - Website (2004), with practical information about communication project, “Search for Common Ground (SFCG)”. “Youth Radio for Peacebuilding” is one in a series of guidebooks developed for radio producers and others who create positive radio in Africa for and with children (produced by Radio for Peacebuilding, Africa Project). Emphasis on “do no harm”, especially when working with children in armed conflict zones, and in violent, abusive situations. Most examples are from Africa, but can be adapted by anyone involved in youth peacebuilding programmes. <www.radiopeaceafrica.org/assets/texts/pdf/manual_03_EN_color.pdf>

Themes: child protection, basic education

CREATE! (Communication Resources, Essentials and Tools for Emergency) Website Launched 2005 (after Asian tsunami), by Susan Mackay (former UNICEF Regional Programme Communication Officer, Thailand). A process and set of tools, to design and develop materials rapidly for local communities and communication teams working in areas with high risk for disaster. Of note: picture books designed locally using “clip art” images used in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Fiji and Solomon Islands on Avian flu, with child-like poems and rhymes used to reinforce messages, primarily distributed through schools. A model for local adaptation and use by other sectors for other important health/hygiene messages replicated in many countries in East Asia and the Pacific. <www.createforchildren.org>

Theme: emergencies, health/hygiene, disaster preparedness, life skills

Smart Girls at the Party -  Web-based digital TV series, 2009, hosted by Amy Poehler, with a focus on young adolescent girls (8–13 years) and their families. Each “webisode” includes an introduction to an extraordinary/ordinary girl who has a passion for something (e.g., writing, gardening, dance, mediation and feminism). The show is a fun reminder that girls don’t have to be famous to matter or to make a difference. Web-based games also included. <www.hulu.com/smart-girls-at-the-party>

Theme: girls’ education, gender equality, life skills, basic education, resilience

The Scrub Club -  Website, supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Red Cross. Provides a variety of communication tools to raise awareness about the benefits of hand washing and personal hygiene: educational, interactive and includes games, songs, animated webisodes and materials. <www.scrubclub.org/home.aspx>

Themes: child survival, hygiene, basic education

Sesame Workshop - Website, home of USA-based non-profit corporation with 40 years’ experience of exceptional children’s television to children in USA and in over 140 countries. Key priority/curriculum areas of website and landmark “Sesame Street” series include: health and wellness, respect and understanding, literacy and numeracy, and emotional well-being. Includes numerous games and activities that support holistic child development, and links to the series which continuously evolve with current priorities of preschool children. Formative research is integral to the production process and the series is one of the most independently evaluated in all of children’s television. <www.sesameworkshop.org>

Theme: health/hygiene, school preparedness, gender equality, diversity, disability

MIDIAQ-MIDIATIVA Project  - Website supporting an NGO project aimed at educating families and the general public about quality television for children and youth in Brazil. The website, links to research and other information are all part of advocating for local productions that meet unique cultural and value needs of Brazilian children. Particularly useful clearinghouse for Portuguese speakers who wish to network with other organizations, be included in meetings and festivals, etc. <www.midiativa.tv/blog/>

Theme: basic education, child protection



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