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Research 7 & 8

Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

Showroom Cinema 1

Two 30 minute research presentations…

7. Diversity in UK Kids’ TV
The UK component of a worldwide research project into gender and diversity in children’s television. How does UK fiction content fare?

IZI (International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television) recently published research into gender and diversity representation in children’s TV worldwide – 10 years on from their original study and now also incorporating statistics as to gender make-up of production teams. Dr Lynn Whitaker carried out the UK leg of the 2018 research, analysing a 300-hour sample of UK free-to–air children’s TV including CBeebies, CBBC, CiTV and Milkshake.

As well as considering both on-screen and off-screen gender representation in both fiction and non-fiction programmes, the fiction programmes were analysed for diversity aspects through nuanced genre-, narrative- and character-focused analysis. For example, questions such as, ‘What skills or resources are used to solve problems?’ and, ‘What groups or settings do main characters operate in?’ were asked, in combination with more representational aspects of characters’ appearance (age, race, ethnicity, body type, hair colour etc.). Lynn will discuss the findings from the UK sample, contextualising them within the bigger international picture and in comparison to the 2008 study, using examples of specific fiction programmes to illustrate the main trends and to reflect on what we are doing well and what we might do better.

8. Social Media and Gaming – Good or Bad for Kids?
Children’s media use has recently been associated with a direct link to children’s mental health. Do the benefits of social media and gaming outweigh the negative?

The children’s media landscape attracts many headlines and has recently been associated with direct causal links to children’s mental health and well-being.

But are there benefits? And if so, do these outweigh the negative side of children using social media and gaming? What do children gain from using social networking and gaming sites? What are the effects on children’s mental health through their engagement with online media?

For the last 6 months Family Kids & Youth (FK&Y) have carried out on-going peer-to-peer focus groups and friendships groups, and with partner Panelbase a survey with 1,000 young people aged 7-16. The findings challenge some of the scare-headlines, as the research explores how children and young people really use social media and games sites, the benefits, and the drawbacks, the risks they face online and how they manage these.

Presented by Dr Barbie Clarke, Family Kids & Youth

 

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