Empowering children through media
Children are the future of our cities. In their everyday lives, media plays a central role. They chat with their friends, view online content, and some even make and share their own creative content. Social media not only is a source of entertainment, but can also help to maintain relationships and affords a space for self-expression and identity construction. On top of that, using social media can help increase one’s self-esteem. The presenters of this session will discuss specific ways in which media can empower children and adolescents.
After an introduction to the topic of the session and its theoretical background, the speakers will, by means of two presentations, present two different projects in which the issue at hand is currently being researched. The first presentation will focus on the importance of media use in the lives of migrant children that are settling in in the Netherlands. The second presentation will depart from the perspective of children in cities, focusing on Rotterdam, and how media use can play a role in the construction of their identities, specifically what we call their ‘urban identity’.
After these two presentations, the floor will be opened for an interactive session during which we invite ideas about other ways to empower children with or without media.
This session will show the audience that media play an essential role in the everyday lives of children and should not be underestimated as a tool for empowerment. The speakers not only aim to present the different ways to research this phenomenon among children, but will also show how their collaborations with (local) initiatives in society are key factors in making these studies possible.
Speakers: Anne van Eldik, Julia Kneer, & Jeroen Jansz