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International Consultation on ICT and Children

21 Feb 2013
UNICEF Office of Research (OoR) will be hosting an internal consultation on the UNICEF wide research agenda related to children's use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and the implementation of their rights in this rapidly developing environment. The goal is to capitalize and emulate on the past and current work in this field: OoR study on Child Safety Online, UNICEF Division of Communication's Digital Citizenship Project, Innovation and GRACE initiatives promoting access and empowering girls.

The consultation will be focused around the results of the scoping exercise conducted by OoR in collaboration with the London School of Economics (Professor Sonia Livingstone and Monica Bulger). This examines current UNICEF's research, external trends and gaps, policy context, research prospects and possible funding. The exercise and the meeting is a unique opportunity to bring key actors within the organization together to start developing a coherent UNICEF research strategy and agenda related to children and ICT.

The meeting will take place on 25 (from 2 pm) and 26 February 2013


Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology, Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she teaches MSc courses on media and communications theory, methods, and audiences. She is author or editor of seventeen books and many academic articles and chapters. She has held visiting professor positions at the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Illinois, Milan, and Paris II, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She was President of the International Communication Association (2007-8) and served for six years on ICA's Executive Committee. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach, Sonia's research examines media audiences; children, young people and the internet in social, domestic and educational contexts; media and digital literacies; the mediated public sphere; internet use and policy; and the public understanding of communications regulation. Currently, Sonia Livingstone directs a 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Safer Internet Programme.

Monica Bulger earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. While completing her doctorate, she was awarded an NSF IGERT Fellowship in Digital Multimedia (2006-2008), where she contributed to testing and designing interactive data visualizations of current news events. Monica was a lecturer in the University of California at Santa Barbara's Writing Program from 1999-2002. She directed the Bren Graduate School of Environmental Science & Management's Communication Center from 2005-2010 and served as a lecturer in Environmental Communications.


25 February 2013

14:00 to 16:00

-Welcome and introduction - Gordon Alexander, Director, Office of Research
- The brief and terms of reference to the scoping exercise (OoR)
- Initial findings - Professor Sonia Livingstone, Monica Bulger (methodology, interviews, survey results, literature examined findings related to UNICEF current research: what are we doing, why are we doing it, who are we involving with, what are the results? findings related to global (external) research initiatives - key areas and key players)

16:00 -16:15 coffee break

16:15 to 18:00 Discussion
- what do we know about the needs for research in this area, where are the gaps and potential opportunities - country offices, regional offices, headquarters
- How does topic of ICT and children fit into he organizational strategies and priorities
-ICT and post 2015 agenda - the relevance and possible input/impact


26 February 2013

9:30 to 11:00

- UNICEF wide research strategy on ICT and children - how do we get there, where to start?
- Initial recommendations coming from the findings - Sonia and Monica
- The role of Office of Research vis a vis other parts of the organization
- Funding opportunities

11:00 to 11:15
11:15 to 12.30


12:30 to 14:00

Lunch and presentation from the UNICEF Innovation Unit

14:00 to 16: 00
- Seminar by Sonia Livingstone and Monica Bulger, EU Kids Online - relation between use, risk, harm and vulnerability

16:30 - final words

17:30 - closure