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July 2005

Danish site empowers children and young people

The Danish online house for children, Cyberhus.dk, is created for and by children and young people. The principal idea behind the project is the young users' sense of ownership and active involvement.
Cyberhus.dk is developed in close cooperation with children, who decide text, images, graphics, navigation and the range of activities conducted. Here, users can walk through different rooms in the 'cyber house' and act as book critics, writers, rappers or IT- consultants and at the same time seek advice.

ABU CASBAA UNICEF - Child Rights Award 2005 - A Call to Broadcasters

The ABU and CASBAA are now calling on Asia-Pacific broadcasters for entries for the ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award 2005.
The Award is made each year to the best television programming on children's rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region. It recognises the efforts of broadcasters in pursuing both the production of top quality children's programming and better news coverage of children's programming and better news coverage of children's issues. There is one category and one winner.
Programmes both for children and about children are eligible and can cover any child rights' issue. Entries can include documentaries that detail the plight of children, dramas that help break down stereotypes and discrimination, or animation that teaches and entertains.

TV festival to improve kids' TV in Asia Pacific
Several broadcasting and development organisations have come together to organise a TV festival in Beijing, China, to improve the overall standard and promote the development of children's TV in the Asia Pacific.
Called the Asia-Pacific Children & Youth TV Festival, the five-day event beginning 10 October also aims to enhance face-to-face communication among TV professionals in the region.
It is co-hosted by China Central Television (CCTV) and Prix Jeunesse International, and supported by the ABU, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), UNICEF China, and the China Children's Development Foundation.
The event will include a forum themed, "New trends in the world children's TV industry", whereby industry professionals will be invited to exchange views on topics such as the latest trends in kids' TV and the application of new technologies in this field.

ABU's Voyage to the Future to bond children with nature
Twenty-three students aged between 12 and 16 years from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Uzbekistan will embark on a journey to the rainforests in Sabah, Malaysia, from 23 July to 1 August.
The excursion, which has been themed the ABU Voyage to the Future, is the first of three expeditions adopted by the ABU in keeping with the United Nations' declaration of 2005 - 2015 "Education for Sustainable Development".
The students will have the chance to study the biodiversity of nature in rainforests, rivers, mangrove swamps and forest reserves over a 10-day period. The study period will also include a visit to an orangutan rehabilitation centre.
The study process will be recorded in detail using hi-definition video cameras by crews from RTM-Malaysia and NHK-Japan. The footage will then be distributed to TV broadcasters in the participating countries.

Terrorism: Leeds council sets up media schemes
Leeds City Council aims to combat fundamentalism in its community by launching youth video and magazine projects this week.
The council is diverting £80,000 into a youth-led community magazine and a video "diary room" project, Talking Heads, which will help young people share their feelings about the causes of fundamentalism.
The plans, which were decided on last week in reaction to the London suicide bombings, were drawn up by The Project, the Leeds division of the West Yorkshire Youth Association, which will be delivering the work over the summer in partnership with council youth workers.
Senior youth officer Maz Asghar said he had known the suspected ringleader of the London suicide bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, as a "rational" crime-diversion youth worker.

US study: Fewer food ads on kids' TV
A study by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that children see significantly fewer TV advertisements promoting food products today than they did 28 years ago, the Washington Post has reported. The study discovered that children watch about 13 food advertisements a day on TV nowadays, down from more than 18 in 1977.

Educational Video Festival for Rural Children and Youth in Bangladesh from 21-23 August, 2005 in Muktagacha, Mymensingh (Bangladesh)
UnnayanNet is going to organize 1st "Educational Video Festival for Rural Youth and Children" in Bangladesh. Regarding this the organizers are looking for educational video documentary on the following issues:
- ICT, Global Information System, Global Village
- Youth leadership/ Participation/ Relationship
- AIDS/ HIV, Mental Health
- Childrights/ Children of the World
- Millennium Development Goals
- Conflict Resolutions, Social Unity
- Global Schooling, Computing
- Arts and Culture
- Environment Consciousness/ Biodiversity
Formats accepted: VHS (PAL), Multimedia CDROM, VCD, DVD and QuickTime Web format. The sSubmission dateline is 12 August, 2005. The contact person for all entries/questions is Shahjahan Siraj, Chief Executive, UnnayanNet.

ABU children's TV programme item-exchange moves from strength to strength catalyzed by UNESCO and IPDC
20-07-2005 (UNESCO New Delhi) - Producers at the ABU-UNESCO Children's TV Programme Item-Exchange Meeting and Workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4-9 July last, were highly commended for the quality of their work and encouraged to continue contributing to the cause for more and more local content television material for children.
Those from less developed countries in the region, were especially singled out in light of often insufficient human and technical support and extremely limited resources available to them for this purpose. A marked improvement on the overall quality was evident since the 12th meeting and workshop held in 2004, which was attributable not only to more hands-on training and coordination, but to the "creativity and determination of the producers themselves".

Children's PressLine Asks Young Filmmakers About Media That Matters - by Matthew Kunihro and Antonina Zielinska of Children's PressLine
Children's PressLine (CPL) is a Manhattan-based youth media organization that provides children from ages 8 to 18 with hands-on experience in oral journalism and peer advocacy. On May 27th, 2005 two CPL journalists attended MediaRights' "Media In Action Coalition Building Workshop" at the International Center for Tolerance Education in Dumbo, Brooklyn. CPL's Antonina Zielinska (age 16) and Matthew Kunihro (age 10) joined the daylong networking event to talk with young filmmakers about their craft and to interview some of the youth attendees. Here is what some of the participants had to say:

UNICEF UK Youth Award
The winner of the UNICEF UK YOUTH AWARD, for films made by young people under the age of 19, was Sticks & Stones made by young people working with the Community Arts Workshop in Leamington Spa.
The young Jury felt that this hard-hitting documentary was extremely informative on the issue of how violence affects young people. It was told from the perspective of young offenders as well as accounts from young victims of violence.
The Jury award Special Mentions to Cat's Got Your Tongue by Corinne McPake and No Joy made by young people from Hoyland, South Yorkshire working with C Media from Barnsley.
The winner of the UNICEF UK AWARD, for films made by professional film makers and students aged 19 years+, was Waiting For Sunrise by Aneel Ahmed.
The Jury were deeply moved by this powerful and challenging documentary about the street children of Lahore in India. One young member of the Jury said: 'We found this film very hard-hitting and touching. It reflected real life issues which captured our attention and gave us an understanding of the disturbing lifestyles which some people of Lahore are forced to live in.'
The Jury award Special Mentions to Candida Scott-Knight for her film Mercy and Samuel Dore & Jez Toogood for their film Not From Where I'm Standing.
The RIGHT DIRECTION AUDIENCE AWARD for the best over all film as voted by the audience went to Fir Vale Vision made by Destination Arts Sheffield working with young people in Fir Vale in Sheffield.

Uzbek children produce OneMinutesJr

Uzbek children at a camera training organized by UNICEF and Yangi Avlod
Sunnatulla Kuziyev, 2005

UNICEF Uzbekistan, in cooperation with the National Children's Media Club Yangi Avlod ("New Generation"), conducted a 5-day training for young journalists from June 22-26, 2005 in the Bustanlik District of the Tashkent Region at the Children's Summer camp Semurg.
20 children aged 12-18 from the city of Tashkent and the Tashkent and Sirdarya disctricts participated in the training which was dedicated to the International Day Against Drugs Abuse.
16 OneMinutesJr related to drugs and HIV/AIDS were produced at the training. Yangi Avlod-member Yayraxon Pulatova won the grand prize of the competition with her video spot called "Garbage" and was awarded with digital photocamera.
The children were trained in creating one minute spots, audio-video editing and computer graphics, writing articles (guidelines for these were provided by UNICEF, Communication Unit).
UNICEF will use the produced materials in external advocacy meetings on the above-mentioned themes, joint UN and media events, training seminars and other programmes and communication-related initiatives.
For more info, please contact Adiba Ziyavuddinova, Assistant Communication Officer (UNICEF Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Tel. +998 71 1339512.

Inaccurate news article 'intruded into 14-year-old's private life'
A weekly newspaper has been criticised by the Press Complaints Commission for intruding into the private life of a 14-year-old girl and running an inaccurate story about her health.
The Medway Kent Messenger reported on an event that was being organised to raise money for a 16-year-old boy and his 14-year-old cousin to go to Florida.
The article told how both teenagers were 'seriously ill', had spent their lives 'in and out of hospital', and that the girl suffered from a muscle-wasting disease - when the girl actually suffered from a far less serious condition and had never spent a night in hospital.

First German radio station for children launches in August
Germany's first radio station for children, Radio Teddy 106.8, is preparing to launch on 6 August on 106.8 MHz in Potsdam, the capital of the German state of Brandenburg. The programmes, on the air at 0600-2100 local time, will be aimed at children aged between three and twelve years and their parents. There are 700,000 children in this age group in the station's coverage area. The station, with a staff of 18, is hoping to reach a wider potential audience via cable distribution.

African Youth Commitment on the Information Society

Living with the media - A parents' guide for media education of kindergarten children, now available in German, Turkish and Russian

UNICEF's 'Mouthpiece' workshop empowers Malaysia's young journalists on HIV/AIDS reporting - By Lydia Lubon and Kun Li

Young journalists raised questions and concerns on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS during the three-day workshop.

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 July 2005 - In a wake of rising HIV/AIDS infection rates in Malaysia, UNICEF recently organized a three-day workshop for the country's young reporters and broadcasters, held in Port Dickson. The workshop, entitled 'Mouthpiece', is aimed at creating greater awareness among the young journalists regarding issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Young People at C8 children's summit insist world leaders listen

Young people from around the world taking part in C8 - Nick McGowan-Lowe, 2005
EDINBURGH, Scotland, 8 July 2005 - A select group of children from Bhutan, Cambodia, Moldova, Yemen, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Lesotho and Bolivia and their counterparts from Russia, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom are heading home after attending UNICEF's first-ever children's summit, the C8 Children's Forum, held in Dunblane and Edinburgh. The event preceded the G8 summit of industrialized nations in nearby Gleneagles, currently in session.
The participants - all between the ages of eleven and eighteen - drafted a set of recommendations for G8 leaders. These recommendations were written on behalf of the world's millions of children and adolescents to demand their rights be respected.

Children never run out of questions

UNICEF Regional Director Maria Calivis discusses violence issues with youth participants in Ljubljana - Chris Schuepp, UNICEF CEE/CIS - 2005
The regional consultation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children in Europe & Central Asia again proved this fact. After two days of preparation and another two day at the main conference in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, 24 children and young people today had a chance to meet with UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah, UNICEF Regional Director for the CEE/CIS and Baltics, Maria Calivis, and the independent expert leading the study, Prof. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro.
Pinheiro, who had already met with the children once two days ago, opened the round of questions, asking them how they will try to make a difference when they return to their countries. Gleb (14) from Belarus said: "I will share the experience with my friends at home. And I will try to get an interview with radio and TV stations in Belarus, because I think it's very important to reach a big number of people with this important message." Milos (16), from Serbia-Montenegro, added that "it was great to finally be recognized and heard at such a high level. It was very informative as well and I will spread all the new info with my peers at home".
Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, reassured the young people that their participation in the UN study was of vital importance: "You gave this whole conference a human face", said Salah. "You are the best people to tell us what is really happening and we want you to help us stop violence against children."
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Independent expert Professor Pinheiro meets with young experts in Slovenia - By Chris Schuepp, UNICEF CEE/CIS

Professor Paulo Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro has covered thousands of flight miles since he was appointed to head the UN Study on Violence Against Children. But wherever he goes to participate in the regional consultations, the face-to-face meetings with the young people are among the highlights of his trips.
On this rainy Tuesday morning in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, 24 young people from Europe & Central Asia are waiting for “the expert” to arrive. They have come from all over the region – from Lithuania in the North, Italy in the South, from Northern Ireland in the West and Tajikistan in the East. For two days they have prepared their participation in the regional consultation meeting that will be opened later in the day – but before that, they have a chance to talk to the man who has the global mandate to collect information on violence against children. And collecting information today first of all means to listen to the children.
“I am very happy to be here and meet all of you today. I will introduce myself briefly, but I really want to listen more than I want to talk,"Prof. Pinheiro makes clear from the very beginning. Holding a print-out of the children’s recommendations from the day before in his hands, he asks them to come forward with concrete experiences or suggestions. After a somwhat shy start, the questions come rolling in. Katarina from Slovenia is concerned about parents beating their children, Max from Romania shares similar worries, especially when talking about the rural population and traditions in his homecountry. The teenagers from the United Kingdom bring their fears about alcohol abuse forward and Zarina from Tajikistan demands more hotlines for children who have been victims of domestic violence.
Prof. Pinheiro does what he promised to do. He listens and takes notes. He also gives answers wherever possible and shares his experiences from the other regional consultations. From Mali where he visited children from single mothers who were left alone in a crib, from China where “many parents seem to think that beating their children is part of their rights as parents” and from Thailand where youth participation has improved significantly over the last decade, just like in Europe & Central Asia.
"However", Pinheiro adds passionately, “we cannot expect children to completely stand up for themselves. The states, the governments, should promote your participation. We have to do more!”In the discussion with the young people, the idea of a “school for parents” comes up. Pinheiro sees a huge potential in this, saying that “a lot of parents have not the slightest idea about children’s rights. We cannot put all the responsibility on the children’s shoulders. The parents have to help, but many of them need help themselves in the education of their sons and daughters.”
After more than an hour with his young interviewers, Prof. Pinheiro has to leave to prepare for the opening of the regional consultation meeting. A picture with Tatiana from Moldova, a present from Milos from Serbia-Montenegro, some hand-shakes with the children and then he leaves the Youth Hostel where the meeting took place. But he will soon see the young people again, at the conference later in the day. And nobody has the slightest doubt that he will again listen to them carefully and takes their suggestions and concerns into account.

UNICEF Trains Myanmar Journalists on Child Rights, Reporting Group Drafts Ethics Code with Guidelines for Reporting on Children
Young journalist Ma Khin Nwe Win participating in the journalists training - Myo Thame, 2005
Young journalist Ma Khin Nwe Win participating in the journalists training - Myo Thame, 2005
Yangon, 01 July 2005 – Today UNICEF concluded a two-week training course for 24 Myanmar journalists on international-standard reporting skills, child-focused reporting and media ethics.
Participating journalists learned about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as pressing issues such as HIV/AIDS – areas where reporters working inside of Myanmar can still make a difference in the lives of the country’s children and their families. The group of reporters concluded the training by drafting a comprehensive code of journalists’ ethics, which includes a series of guidelines for reporting on children – a first for Myanmar. Most of the journalists are in their teens or early twenties.
“This training is important because it gives young reporters in Myanmar an opportunity to learn more about children’s rights, ethics, and how they can give a greater voice to children and young people in their country,” said UNICEF Representative in Myanmar Carroll Long.
Since many journalists in Myanmar only have limited opportunities to receive international-standard instruction, UNICEF began providing training opportunities for reporters in 2004.
Thanks to financial support from the Swedish National Committee for UNICEF, UNICEF is sponsoring a series of trainings for Myanmar journalists this year.
“Training is particularly important for young journalists in Myanmar because it can increase their ability to help the country’s families learn about measures that they themselves can take to enhance their children’s health and wellbeing,” said Ms. Long.
In addition to training professional journalists, UNICEF will train a team of teenage ‘youth journalists’ this year, and sponsor their placement with select private publications to give children and young people a greater voice in Myanmar language media.
CRC in Myanmar

Putting on the hats of children - By Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Communication Officer, UNICEF Viet Nam
"Take off our grown-up hats and put on the hats of children.” That is the most interesting thing I learnt from the workshop” said Thanh from Vietnam Television. That was also what Barbara Kolucki, a children’s educational media specialist told the participants of the Media Production Workshops organized last September and early October 2004 by UNICEF and Viet Nam Women’s Union in the capital city of Hanoi and Hue – a central province of Viet Nam.

Macedonian Students Flown To United States to Be Honored for Their Work in Public Service

PROMAX&BDA 2005 was the backdrop for a very special presentation as editor Eleonora Veninova, producer Ivana Bidikova and cameraperson Aleksandar Mickov were honored for their work in public service. The Macedonian college students won UNICEF's Voices of Youth 'Make a Difference' One-Minute Video Contest for the one-minute PSA entitled "Youth of the World, Youth for the World."
Their video submission was part of a competition that attracted 78 unique and moving entries from young people all over the world. As part of the top prize, the three-member team was flown to New York where they took the stage Thursday to accept their award and discuss the project.
The Voices of Youth competition which was open to anyone under the age of 25 anywhere in the world asked contestants to demonstrate how young people are speaking out, taking action and making a difference in their community and the world at large. Although 10 talented finalist entries were chosen, the Macedonian team's compelling spot stood out and stole the hearts of an international committee that included both youth and adult judges.

World peace, consumption clout and digital rules: Young Asians give their take on the world
(28 June 2005) Today's young Asian is a multi-tasking, interactive, digital-driven consumer according to Young Asians, a new study released today by leading global market research company, Synovate.
Synovate Director of Media Research Asia Pacific, Steve Garton, said the survey, a first for the region, threw the door wide open on the lives of Young Asians aged eight to 24, exposing their spending habits, media consumption, favourite brands, dreams and aspirations.
"Conducted in conjunction with MSN, MTV and Yahoo!, Young Asians is a comprehensive study conducted across eight markets that reveals the hearts and minds of Asia's connected youth," he said. "The survey provides an essential 'finger on the pulse' of what defines Young Asians today."

Japan Prize 2005 - TV stations urged to send in their educational programmes before August 31st, 2005


Regional workshop for children's media initiatives to further child rights in South & Central Asia - 17th - 21st July 2005 in Kathmandu, Nepal
Save the Children members with their partners, as well as other agencies in South & Central Asia have involved themselves in a number of media related activities, which have been led by children. While some children’s media initiatives revolve around traditional media like theatre and puppetry, others have encouraged children to use contemporary media like newspapers, TV and radio.
However, most of these innovative initiatives exist in isolation and/or face challenges in sustainability, as there is not enough space or support to ensure that these efforts are maintained over time. There is a need to recognise, acknowledge and encourage children’s media initiatives and support them to become stronger and sustainable. Child journalists have identified the need for additional capacity building in advocacy, media literacy and increased support to build partnerships between the media/policy makers/civil society and children’s own media initiatives.
Moreover, amongst children and development workers there is great interest in learning from existing experiences, developing networks amongst children’s media groups and enhancing partnerships with children’s organisations and the media at different levels nationally and regionally.
In this connection, Save the Children Sweden, Regional Programme for South and Central Asia is organising a children and media workshop which aims to promote children’s effective and sustained participation in the media and build linkages amongst initiatives.
Please send all your queries to Neha Bhandari, Regional Consultant, with a copy to Y. G. Bhavani, Regional Advisor Child Participation and Positive Discipline.

MediaCorp's Arts Central launches contest for new story ideas
MediaCorp's Arts Central is launching a competition to search for new story ideas for TV documentaries, comedies, dramas and children's programmes.
Called Project Pilot, it aims to provide a platform for budding directors, producers and writers with three categories of competition. (...)
In the Media Students Category, the winning school will get $3,000 and the student team offered a one-year employment contract with MediaCorp.
The public can take part in a 3G competition where they can submit a simple fun one-minute clip shot on digital video. (...)
"The whole idea of Project Pilot is three-fold. We hope to excite the production houses, we hope to excite students and we hope to excite viewers at large in Singapore," said MediaCorp TV12 CEO, Alice Tan.
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Young people and cyber-hate in Belgium
The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CEOOR) acts against the small minority of Internet users who promote hate and discrimination. It only resorts to legal action in the most extreme cases.
For young people, the Internet reflects the real world. It is a place to meet and interact, and hateful or provocative material is rare. As in the real world, a small minority of websites do promote hate, for example against Africans, Muslims and homosexuals. The mass distribution of hate mails blaming immigrants for violent attacks is also an alarming phenomenon.
The Centre reacts to this kind of content even if it is often intended as a joke. The danger is that society might become more accepting of racism if everyone distributes messages of this kind.

Media's responsibility towards children by Munima Sultana from Bangladesh
(...) Bangladesh, being one of the member states that ratified the Convention of the Rights of the Child of the United Nations (UNCRC), is bound to ensure child rights. These include the rights to expression, thought, and freedom to religion, rights to life and play, rights to association and club, rights to information from the state and media as well as rights to knowledge and information. Not only this, the nation is committed to meet eight challenges of Millennium Development Goals, most of which cover child rights. Besides, implementation of Palermo Protocol, ILO Convention on Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour, decade for peace and non-violent cultural decade 2001-10, etc., have put the responsibilities on the journalists. (...)

TV & Radio lose out to Internet among Youth audience - EIAA research reveals increasing and more sophisticated usage of the Internet among 15-24 year olds

London, 21st June 2005 – 15-24 year olds across Europe are spending less time watching TV and listening to the radio as a result of using the Internet, according to research from the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA), the pan-European trade organisation for sellers of interactive media. Almost half of 15-24 year olds (46%) are watching less TV, preferring instead to browse the web while 22% are listening to less radio. A third of those questioned are even reading less, choosing to consume information over the Internet.

Science journalism contest to honor coverage for children
An annual science journalism contest has announced a new category for 2005: excellence in reporting news on science for children. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) organizes the Science Journalism Awards to recognize outstanding coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Most of the categories are open only to U.S. news media. However, the new category is international, and is open to print, broadcast and online journalists worldwide whose work is geared toward children, including young teens.
Entries, due August 1, must have been published or broadcast between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005. English-language translations of international entries are requested whenever possible. Committees of reporters, editors and scientists will judge entries based on scientific accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation, and the ability to foster a better understanding of science.

Online forum for the UN Study on Violence Against Children (Regional Consultation Europe & Central Asia)
The Regional Consultation for the UN Study on Violence Against Children is ongoing and there climax in a big event in Slovenia in early July. There will be 25 children/young people representing the youths from Europe & Central Asia. You can contact these young "ambassadors" now in an online forum on the UNICEF Voices of Youth (VOY) website. Tell them what messages you want to make heard at the Regional Consultation Conference!

Poetry competition launched by UNICEF UK
UNICEF UK together with the Eastern Daily Press are looking for short poems written (in English) by children from around the world on the theme of 'The Future'
All entries should be sent to carolineg@unicef.org.uk together with a picture and a brief biography of the writer. Closing Date is June 24th 2005.
For any questions or further information please email us.

Jugendmedienevent 2005 in Essen, Germany & Brussels, Belgium


4to Festival Internacional de Cine Nueva Mirada Para La Infancia Y La Juventud - in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 27 - November 2, 2005


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