CMF: connecting industry, audience, research and policy. Ensuring diversity and choice in UK kids’ media.
The Children’s Media Yearbook 2014 - out now
Packed with articles on the development, creation, distribution, regulation and study of kids’ content on all platforms, the new Yearbook is out now. It’s a snapshot of the issues, news and trends of the last twelve months, and a look at the year ahead – the must-have manual of the kids’ media scene.
Congratulations to a Founder Patron
Our latest Founder Patron, Oli Hyatt, Director at Blue Zoo Animation and Chair of the Animation UK campaign, which worked tirelessly to push forward the case for tax incentives for UK animation companies, has been awarded an M.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
CMF has launched a new service to allow researchers to post information and views on topics connected to children and media. Academics from leading universities across the UK will participate in our Research Blog and CMF supporters and patrons can join the discussion by commenting on the various articles.
Parent Portal is also available to answer parents’ concerns from a research perspective. Both services aim to equip parents, the press and policy-makers to take decisions from an informed point of view.
Children’s Media Foundation Aims
Safeguarding the interests of children and parents
- For many children, film, television and games are their primary experience of narrative and a rich resource for imaginative development.
- Children’s media-use is increasingly complex and multi-faceted. The CMF concerns itself with media on all platforms and of all types – linear, interactive, social, participatory – and for all ages from zero to sixteen.
- The CMF believes that media made for children is a force for good – when it is well-funded, well-produced well-regulated and backed by relevant and rigorous research.
- Children’s consumption of media has implications not only for them personally but for society as a whole.
- Press comment, the public discourse, policy development and regulation should all take place in the context of considered research.
- The CMF will support and disseminate research, to stimulate more informed public discussion around children and their uses of media, and help to build a media literate audience.
“The CMF aims to be the focus for reasoned debate around the issues and it plans to produce evidence to dispel the wilder rumour and conjecture which so often feature in the press. We want to see children and media at the centre of public attention for all the right reasons.”
Anna Home O.B.E. Chair CMF Board
“Children, and the media they use, are frequent topics of public concern and debate. The Children’s Media Foundation will stimulate and participate in this debate – across the entire range of media that children experience.”
Philip Pullman, Author and Founder Patron,