Digital media pose new challenges to children in their roles as users needing protection, as media consumers and as responsible citizens of the future. This European expert conference will be held on how they can be supported in their range of roles.
The aim of the conference is to develop a “Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media” roadmap proposing specific future actions to foster media education and the protection of children and youths at the national and European levels. The participants are called upon to play an active part in drafting this roadmap and to contribute their individual skills and standpoints.
Besides the two keynote speeches, the conference consists primarily of workshops in the form of World Cafés and Future Search. In thematically focussed working groups, representatives from the academy, associations, media companies, educational institutions and politics will discuss recent research findings, experience with actions for media education and the protection of children and youths, and current needs for action and potential solutions. The results of the individual sessions will be shared and in the last part reviewed by representatives of the various stakeholder groups with respect to the planned roadmap.
Thus the format of this expert conference is results-oriented and systematically integrates participants’ expertise. Before the conference, participating experts will receive a proposed structure and the most important issues that a roadmap for future actions to improve media conditions for children as they grow up is to contain. This proposal will be based on recent research results and existing political recommendations.
On the basis of these discussions the “Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media” roadmap will be finalised and made available to the European Commission and the member states. In this way the roadmap will become a sound basis for the political debates and implementation initiatives ahead at the European level.
The event will take place in the English and German languages. The plenary sessions and the keynote speeches will be translated simultaneously. In the workshops, the language is English.
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