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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.

Say It Loud is a youth film that explores the importance of education for African-American boys. When Jordan Coleman was 10 years old he became a voice over actor on Nickelodeon’s Nick, Jr.  show The Backyardigans;  he’s the voice of Tyrone the Moose.  Jordan’s parents challenged him to use some of his earnings to make a positive contribution to his community.  He hired a film crew and began interviewing African-American boys and men for “Say It Loud”. (more…)

Resources for grants and competitive awards related to kids and creativity in a variety of activities.


Global SchoolNet’s mission is to support 21st century learning. We engage teachers and students in meaningful project learning exchanges with people around the world to develop literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. We prepare youth for full participation as productive and effective citizens in an increasing global economy.


Sponsored by Digital Directions Magazine, a site to share new ideas when it comes to education technology and to work through roadblocks users face in your schools. “We’ll start by identifying the top 10 problems in ed tech and work toward solutions. But we hope the discussion will naturally grow from there into an ever-changing conversation about how technology can improve education.”


Radio Lollipop is a hospital radio service for children, no operating at multiple locations in England, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.


The Fred Rogers Center was established at Saint Vincent College in September 2003 to serve as a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and families. The Center continues Fred Rogers’ commitment to building bridges between early learning and children’s media.


The YouthLearn Initiative offers youth development professionals and educators comprehensive services and resources for using technology to create exciting learning environments. YouthLearn, created by the Morino Institute and now led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), provides the tools to start or strengthen both after-school and in-school programs.


Founded in 1995 as a concerned response to the deluge of messages youth receive from television, radio, film, print media, electronic games, and the Internet, Just Think “teaches young people media literacy skills for the 21st century. We have been successfully creating and delivering in-school, after school and online media arts and technology education locally, nationally and internationally for ten years.”  Curricula are available for review and purchase.


This is just like YouTube, except developed for schools.   Extensive involvement by academic community consortium groups.  Extensive index of links and resources.


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