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Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents in Changing Societies

July 6, 2011 - July 12, 2011

Beijing, China

Categories: Seminar

The Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education at Penn and Renmin University of China are co-sponsoring a seminar on media and children in changing societies. The seminar will be held at Renmin University, Beijing, China from July 6 – 12, 2011.

The seminar is designed to develop and enhance opportunities for international and interdisciplinary teaching and research, focusing on efforts to understand the role of the media— including videogames, television, and mobile telephony—in the life of the developing child.  Bringing together faculty from universities across China with international faculty, researchers, and other experts in the field of children and media, the seminar will work towards the development of longer-term collaboration and research projects between Chinese and international scholars.

The seminar will consider the topic from a variety of academic perspectives, including communication and journalism; psychology; education; sociology; social work; political science; and health/medicine.

Specifically, the seminar will:

  • Examine theories and empirical research on the positive and negative effects of media on children, families, and school education;
  • Discuss research methods in the study of media and children;
  • Explore the ways in which new media technologies have changed how we think about the role of media in children’s lives;
  • Identify the unique challenges and opportunities of studying children and media in the context of China;
  • Consider important populations of children on which to focus (e.g., left-at-home; rural immigrants); and
  • Catalyze research on children and media between Chinese and international scholars and encourage comparative research and future collaborations.