Media, research and the rights of the child

Year: 2002

Author: Curtin, Pamela, Nayler, Jenny

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Article 13 of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child states that young people have the right to participate in all forms of media. This paper explores what this might mean for research and for futures where young people are becoming increasingly visually and digitally literate.

In the 90s, Green and Bigum (1993) proposed the notion of 'aliens in the classroom' and Smith and Curtin (1997) claimed children of a hi-tech society are constructed differently, engaging with multiple forms of reality distinct from those of previous generations. Where does this then place the young person of the reality TV moment? And how does research incorporate their views of the world?

Various youth participation media research projects of local and global dimensions are presented with the underlying questions? How do young people inform education research today using media, and does the academy hear and act on what young people may be trying to say?