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Children and the media

South Africa has a sophisticated and well resourced media infrastructure, with an effective policy and regulatory mechanism such as the Independent Communications Authority in place - a regulatory body that also speaks specifically to the quantity and quality of programming for children by the media.

Media research produced locally and internationally tells us that media often plays a critical role in shaping our perceptions of the world and specifically in shaping the way we see ourselves.  How children see themselves has particular relevance to their development in general and of their self image in particular. How children and young people are perceived by the adult world is of equal importance.
UNICEF South Africa’s work with children and the media is multi-pronged. Children’s participation is the key to this, but to participate effectively, children and adults working in the media environment need enabling thorough sensitization, training in human and child rights, media education and ongoing dialogue and negotiation.

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Children: Dying to make news: An analysis of children's coverage in the South African news media

All sides of the story: Reporting on children: a journalist's handbook

Children's rights and the media: A resource for journalists


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