The Age of Innocence? Taste, Decency and Self-Censorship

Thursday 7th July 2011, 5:00pm - 6:00pm BST

Showroom Cinema 3

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UK output of screen-based children’s media is shrinking, the tastes of children aged 10 to 14 are maturing, yet public conception of what is suitable for our children’s eyes grows ever more conservative. The huge popularity of shows such as Skins, Misfits and Eastenders amongst 10 to 14 year olds is indicative that this age group is hungry for edgy content, but these shows are not primarily aimed at them. How is the UK TV industry dealing with this changing landscape? Are media makers responsible for bridging the gap and, if so, to what degree are regulatory bodies and commissioners both in the UK and abroad preventing them? Are we too scared to reflect the reality of our children’s lives, is everyone running scared of controversy?

This session will kick off with a research presentation from Dubit outlining the past and present media landscape for this age group. Dubit Research is part of a youth communications group, who specialise in media and entertainment research amongst young people and families.

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