international relations

In 1996 the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which advises governments on their implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child held a consultation on children and the media.

A working group then began to explore the issues involved in developing a positive relationship between children and the media. In 1988, the Norwegian Government and UNICEF initiated a process that would identify examples of good practice, forge cooperative links among the many sectors involved, and produce resources to encourage further developments in the field.

In November 1999, young people involved in media projects, media professionals and child rights experts gathered in the Norwegian capital Oslo to discuss the role the media can play in the development of children’s rights throughout the world, under five headings:

• Children’s right of access to the media, including new media

• Children’s right to media education and literacy

• Children’s right to participate in the media

• Children’s right to protection from harm in the media and violence on the screen

• The media’s role in protecting and promoting children’s rights

From their deliberations emerged the Oslo Challenge.

The Oslo Challenge Network was set up for professionals and organizations working in the field of children and the media to share information and ideas. This network – now known as the MAGIC Network – communicates through an email group. If you would like to join this group, just go to the Join MAGIC section of this website.

Program involves  60-second videos made by young people (between the ages of 12 and 20) from all over the world. Over 1900 videos have been made to date.

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Global Kids is committed to educating and inspiring urban youth to become successful students as well as global and community leaders. Using interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and foreign policy issues, GK provides students with opportunities for civic and global engagement. Through its professional development program, GK provides teachers and educators with strategies for integrating a youth development approach and international issues into their classrooms.

Content-rich site with downloadable teaching aides, content and insight on use of media for self-expression, bridging differences and working toward peace.

Teen Reporter Handbook

Although ceasing active operation in August 2007, The World Radio Forum website continues to be a valuable resource for an overview of the activities of international, community, and internet radio producers and broadcasters who make radio for, with, and by children and youth. WRF members work in broadcasting, education, entertainment, development, and social change and hold these two beliefs: (1) children and teens must be enabled to actively participate in radio production (2) radio broadcasters and producers are duty bearers for children’s rights.