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Journalists have the power to change the way children’s rights are perceived and enforced in the country and so have a duty to educate themselves on the various aspects of child protection issues before they publish news in the media, said Rita Panicker, founder-director of Butterflies, a Delhi-based NGO that works for the empowerment of children here on Tuesday.
She was presenting a session at a workshop on child rights for media persons organised by Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
“Media persons should not get carried away by whims or emotions and not fall into the trap of demonising juveniles,” said Panicker, speaking on ‘What media can do to promote child rights’.
Youth Filmmaking: Big Screens, Big Experiences
By Karen Cirillo
AMSTERDAM, 30 November 2013 - The lights dimmed in a sold-out theatre as OneMinutesJr videos took to the screen.
The theatre screening was part of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where the 2013 OneMinutesJr Award-nominated videos were having their big-screen debut as part of the annual Awards and Masterclass.
The events, hosted by UNICEF, the One Minutes Foundation and IDFA, celebrated the best one-minute videos made by young people around the world. In the audience were 9 of the 15 awards nominees from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Georgia, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan and Ukraine, who were invited to The Netherlands to participate in the Awards events. They were joined by five local Dutch youth who would be joining the Masterclass.
The fifteen videos screened were nominated for the 2013 OneMinutesJr Awards in three categories: (Self)-Portrait, Inside-Out and One Minute of Freedom. They were selected from over 300 videos produced during UNICEF-sponsored workshops in 15 different countries over the past year. The awards were presented at a ceremony later in the weekend.full article
“The hard work carried out by Arus, with courage and perseverance, is a truly impressive contribution to the fight against deep-rooted prejudice and discrimination suffered by Roma populeated an hour-long documentary on the challenges of the different Roma groups in Turkey. Subsequently, Arus established the Zero Discrimination Organization, which has paved the way for other similar groups: there are now over 200 Roma associations in Turkey. Her work has played a crucial role in the elaboration of the Turkish government’s “Roma opening” policy of 2009.
December 4, 2013
The panel on ‘Media violence and our children: How much is too much” was chaired by Qatar’s Head of Theatre at the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Saad Bourschied.
A variety of questions were raised, including the need for laws and legislation, enforcement of regulation and whose responsibility it is to monitor what media content children are consuming.
Sheikha Najla bint Faisal Al Thani, Director at the ministry, discussed the increase in video game sales in the country, highlighting positive and negative effects this medium can have on the younger generation.
However, she suggested there is still work to be done to ensure that parents choose the right games for their children to play.
DECEMBER 3, 2013 –AN INTERACTIVE CHARACTER ON a screen that responds to preschoolers and gives them feedback on an early math skill will be part of research conducted with nearly $1.25 million in grants to a Georgetown professor from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Sandra Calvert, professor of psychology in Georgetown College and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, has received two grants that allow her to explore the influence of media characters such as Elmo and Dora the Explorer.
Calvert notes that “More than any other generation, our children now spend their time with media characters from the earliest days of their lives.”
December 3, 2013
The children’s ombudsman Marc Dullaert has started an inquiry into the ways childrens’ right to privacy is being infringed on social media networks.
In particular, Dullaert says he is concerned at the way photographs and personal information is being abused on channels like Facebook and Twitter.full article
December 2, 2013
The Government has urged the media to avoid reporting on children only when something negative happens to them but also highlight successes they score during their growth and development process.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya said at the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) regional childrens' reporting awards that the Government attached great importance to the welfare of children as evidenced from the creation of not less than three Government ministries that had a direct bearing on the welfare of the Zambian children.
Mr Kapeya said the Government had continued to undertake wide and decisive measures aimed at promoting children's rights against harmful practices such as child labour and other social vises that stifled their growth and development.