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    Getting a Euro-Arab conversation going about young children’s media needs in an era of forced migration

Getting a Euro-Arab conversation going about young children’s media needs in an era of forced migration

Precedents for using young children’s screen content to promote diversity, inclusion, respect and understanding are surprisingly rare. The crisis of forced migration and the media needs of new arrivals and settled children call for a widely-targeted initiative. What practical screen content policies and production recommendations are best for giving children a voice and promoting their social engagement and future participation […]

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    Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

What role do mobile phones play in the lives of migrant children in China? In this post, Pei Huang reports on her interviews with five children about their mobile practices, emphasising the need to take into account the children’s transition from rural to urban. Pei is an Associate Professor in School of Digital Media and Design Arts, at Beijing University of […]

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    Making the familiar strange: Studying the Syrian refugee crisis

Making the familiar strange: Studying the Syrian refugee crisis

Meryl Alper shares insights from her new book, Giving voice: Mobile communication, disability, and inequality. She discusses how her study of parents raising children with disabilities in the digital age also became a snapshot of the global Syrian refugee crisis. Meryl is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for […]

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    How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

How Brexit could affect media content for children and families

Wendy M. Grossman provides a non-lawyer’s first stab at thinking though what the UK can and cannot change if and when the government pulls the trigger to begin exit negotiations from the EU. She discusses how children may grow up in a vastly different national landscape than the one we know today. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace […]

Book review: Kids in the middle

Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at Vikki Katz’s work on how children of immigrants ‘broker’ for their parents, focusing on Hispanic families in Los Angeles. In particular, she explores the impact of digital technology, and how this is helping or hindering in the brokering process. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She […]

When children are families’ digital links

Vikki Katz has studied the children of immigrants as they ‘broker’ for their parents. She outlines some lessons to be learned from her research, throwing into question the apparent native/immigrant divide. Vikki is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, and Senior Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Her work […]

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    Encountering a surprising response to cyberbullying among an immigrant community

Encountering a surprising response to cyberbullying among an immigrant community

Lynn Schofield Clark draws on her ethnographic research at a U.S. high school and reflects on the role of digital media in immigrant groups, online harassment and the opportunities provided by strong communities. Lynn is Professor and Chair in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She is also the author of “The […]