Children and Media

 Bipra Biswambara

Nowadays, children or young adults find themselves in a world where gaining information of any sorts is easy. So is the perceived notion that children are only passive recipients of information correct? Do children believe everything they read or hear? Can they make informed opinions? Even at their tender ages, children start forming an opinion of their own on various issues, molded by the information they receive from external sources. These young adults brimming with energy and creativity, when given a platform are able to voice their opinions quite enthusiastically.

Article 13 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, (Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989 entry into force 2 September 1990,) states that :-

1. The child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of the child’s choice.

2. The exercise of this right may be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others; or

(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

Article 14 goes on further to state:-

1. States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

2. States Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.

3. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.

Many media organizations all over the world have provided this platform to children, ‘The Peace Gong’ being one of them. Such media initiatives are being appreciated and encouraged widely. ‘The Peace Gong’ took a look at some of them!

The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) created the SCREAM – Supporting Children’s Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media – programme. The entire focus of this programme is to stimulate young people’s understanding of the causes and consequences of child labour, by the use of tools such as the visual, literary and performing arts. Through this media initiative children are raising awareness against child labour. A cause well represented by creativity. Read More…

Can a child set up his own radio station? Kelvin Doe, a young school kid in Sierra Leone, managed to build a radio station, with recycled materials. He used to repair radios and gradually developed interest. He learnt lessons on frequencies and how they are broadcasted, slowly his work gained recognition.. He was invited by MIT under the visiting practitioner program and he lectured at Harvard in 2012. Whatever this young prodigy did is not only an example of an engineering marvel, but also a media initiative by young Kelvin, worth praising! Read More…

Radijojo -World Children’s Radio Network is a Germany based NGO which has started a global non-profit initiative, cooperating with schools, community radios, education, youth and culture organisations worldwide. All content is made by children for children and is free of advertising.  It is serving as a great medium for self expression of children worldwide. Read More…

The Bunkroom’ is a global magazine published by children. The magazine hopes to inspire children to take up reading and writing. The magazine is published both online and in print. The journey of the magazine began in 2007 when the homeschooling mother of four, decided that the better way to develop her kids’ writing skills, could be helped by her publishing background. Read More…

Stone Soupis another print magazine written and illustrated by young writers and artists. It is the leading publisher of creative writing by children of ages 8 to 13. Most of Stone Soup’s subscribers are in the U.S. and Canada. It was started in 1973, by William Rubel and Gerry Mandel, who continue to run the organization even today. The magazine was started in Santa Cruz, California and is now globally renowned. It is published six times in a year and stories and poems from the Stone Soup have now been reprinted in academic publications. Read More…

Bear Essential Educational Services is a young reporters program, which began 26 years ago in Arizona, with the aim to help young adults improve their writing skills. Today it is a successful newspaper, where kids cover stories close to home and also national stories. They interview public figures as well. Read More…

Creative Kids magazine is a magazine by and for kids filled with interesting games, stories, poetry, and artwork all by and for kids aged between  8–16. . Students from all over the world write for the magazine, and the magazine boasts of some of the best creative pieces by children. Read More…

New Moon Girls is an online community and print magazine where young girls create and share poetry, artwork, videos, voices and opinions.  Girls can see their work published online or in the magazine and are able to realize their true selves. The magazine is bi-monthly and advertising-free, meant for girls age 8 and above. If you want them empowered, start early, seems to be the mantra! Read More…

Films by Children

10 short film made by children through workshops done by Dreaming Child Productions

The Pencil (a short thriller made by kids)

Pirates (Film made by Kids)

Mystery Movie made by kids


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