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August 2015

CMC 2015: CMF Debate: Staring Into the Abyss

Posted on: Wednesday 19 August 2015 1:10am by Jayne Kirkham

Jayne Kirkham previews the CMF debate on 3 September - which follows on from the 2015 CMC Opening Session: Game Change: As Steve Hewlett took to the stage of Showroom Cinema 4 to quiz our four illustrious panellists on behalf of CMC delegates who’d dutifully sent in their questions for our ‘Question Time’ format, it already felt as though “plates were shifting” in the corridors of power – and I don’t mean the crockery. The phrase “seismic shift” (in the way kids view and the way content is served) came up many times at CMC, not least in the ‘Game Change’ Question Time panel. It’s something the industry is acutely aware of. But as CMC got under way, it felt like the…

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CMC 2015: What Were Little Girls Made Of?

Posted on: Sunday 16 August 2015 5:19pm

Producer David Twyman and Exec Marion Edwards reflect on the gender debate "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" at CMC.  A podcast of this session will be available very soon. So what should they be made of?  Sugar and spice and all things nice? Well, yes, if they'd like to be. The conclusion from this session's panel is that they should be instilled with the  confidence to be anything they want to be - nurse, doctor, astronaut, vet or engineer. And as content creators we have the duty to show this on screen. Exploring a rage of topics such as parental influence on children's viewing habits, the maleable minds of children and the need for strong female role models for both genders, the session put the spotlight where…

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August 2014

CMC 2014: Learning And Laughter: Using Humour As An Educational Tool

Posted on: Saturday 23 August 2014 10:18am by Sai Pathmanathan

 Sai Pathmanathan produced the session 'Learning and Laughter' at CMC 2014 - part of the new Learning@Heart strand of the Conference.  This session is also available as a podcast. Here Sai takes a look at what was discussed and the place for comedy in pursuit of the curriculum. ‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’ Victor Borge. We all love a good joke, and humour is an important part of media for all ages. But what about in learning? Recently, at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, a distinguished panel of informal and formal science educators and neuroscientists discussed how humour is used in children’s media, what it means in educational settings and what laughter is really about? The scene was…

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CMC 2014: Understanding how technology is transforming children’s interaction with the world

Posted on: Thursday 21 August 2014 10:30am by Dr Andrew Manches

Dr Andrew Manches is the Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. This is his view of the research topic he delivered as one of the nine research sessions at CMC 2014 View the presentation: Research 7 Children’s interaction with digital media Children’s interaction with digital media is evolving: no longer are they limited to pressing buttons on the TV to change channels, or mastering the mouse to access more interactive media on a computer. One way to describe how interaction with media is changing is in terms of ‘embodiment’: the relationship between how children move their hands (and bodies) and the resulting change to digital media. More ‘disembodied’ technologies For devices like the mouse or keyboard, the relationship between children’s hand…

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CMC 2014: Pink or Blue

Posted on: Wednesday 20 August 2014 1:53pm by Gary Pope

The Children’s Media Foundation explored gender representation and stereotyping in a public debate in November 2013 and in the recently published Children’s Media Yearbook. This theme was carried through to the Children’s Media Conference, where Gary Pope of Kids Industries considered Pink or Blue. View the slide presentation: Research 4 The digital age has served up a level of democratisation never seen before and with it consumption choices that would seem fantastical just a generation ago. We can have what we want, when we want it, in whatever colour we want – unless of course society tells us that we shouldn’t because it’s “not for you”… Kids Industries wanted to find out what children and parents really thought about the gender stereotypes…

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CMC 2014: Growing Up Digital – Ofcom’s Contribution to CMC’14

Posted on: Tuesday 19 August 2014 1:25pm by Martina Chapman

Martina Chapman, Senior Research Manager, Ofcom presented one of the nine research strand sessions at CMC in July 2014. Here she reflects on that presentation and reports on the ‘growth spurts’ and ‘growing pains’ of children’s digital media use over the last ten years.  Slides associated with this report are available here. Ofcom publishes its ‘Children and Parents’ Media Use and attitudes’ report every autumn, based on over 4000 in-home interviews with parents and children aged 5-15, and parents of children aged 3-4. This research has been running since 2005, so, in addition to highlighting some of key findings from the 2013 report, this article will also take a look back at some of the key changes since 2005. Tablets are…

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CMC 2014: UK Family Feature Films – A New Future?

Posted on: Monday 18 August 2014 3:50pm by Phil Parker

Phil Parker produced the CMC session Children's Film: Forever Forgotten? Here he outlines his take on the growing campaign to develop a more robust children's independent film sector in the UK. The UK Family Film business is big business. The box office alone in 2013 for U, PG and 12A certificate films was worth £834m, and was 72.5% of the total gross box office for all films. Twelve of the top twenty films of 2013 were aimed at young audiences and five specifically at the under fifteens. Yet not one UK-produced family film featured in the top twenty and children’s film festivals in the UK find it near impossible to programme home-produced feature films for kids or young people. In this context the BFI is undertaking…

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CMC 2014: It Takes a Village… A Digital One…

Posted on: Sunday 17 August 2014 12:28pm by Shirley Dent

CMC session producer Dr Shirley Dent reflects on Out of the Mouths of Babes: Free Expression, Children and 21st Century Media - the session she produced for CMC as part of CMC's collaboration with Battle of Ideas - two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas annually. To misquote Mark Twain – again – the reports of the death of social media have been greatly exaggerated. Earlier this year tech blogger Stuart Dredge declared that Facebook still had BFF[1] status with teens. This followed the release of findings from the Forrester survey of US 12-17 year olds. The survey found that three quarters of the young respondents use Facebook. Half reported they are using it more than they did…

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CMC 2014: Give Kids a Break! The Producer View

Posted on: Sunday 17 August 2014 11:59am

This is an article written by Rosina Robson, Senior Policy Consultant at the producers' association, Pact, about their session at CMC 2014 Pact, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV, is the trade association representing the commercial interests of the independent production sector including TV, film, digital and animation companies. At the Children’s Media Conference Pact launched the ‘Give kids a break!’ campaign - to persuade the government to introduce a tax credit for children’s live action TV. This incentive would be based on the current successful tax breaks for film, TV and animation, which have brought positive returns to the TV industry and wider economy[1]. The launch took the form of a conference session in which various interested parties discussed the potential tax…

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