The Children’s Media Foundation

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News from the CMC and Our Responses

Earlier this month the kids’ media industry attended the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield. CMF sponsored and produced the Question Time session which laid out all the major policy issues facing the kids’ media sector in the UK. CMF activists also produced the Opening Keynote and several other sessions across the three-day event. The BBC used the Keynote to announce […]

Is it Fixed Yet? – A CMC Recap

Sam Lawyer and Yara Farran summarise a CMC session asking what should be done by policymakers, platforms and media professionals to make online spaces safer for children. In a CMC session titled “Can We Fix It?”  campaigners, media producers, academic researchers and others gathered to discuss the task of making digital media an ethical and supportive space […]

Events Policy Research

More Money for BBC Children’s – The TV Industry Perspective

Martin Franks discusses the BBC’s increased investment in Children’s and Youth content and the ramifications this could  have on the UK supply chain.  We are experiencing a period of interesting change in the UK children’s media scene, after years of what appeared to be a state of ‘bumping along the bottom’ that followed the major events ten years ago, as ITV departed […]

Events Industry

More Money for BBC Children’s – The Digital Perspective

John Kent discusses the potential impact of the BBC’s latest announcement and the possibility that smaller brands, and children, may suffer as a result.  One of the tenets of the BBC announcement of £34 million a year additional investment for BBC Children’s is the belief that the Corporation has to reinvent itself for the digital age. Almost […]

Events Industry

Call for Event Producers

Olivia Dickinson is looking for producers to help put on our quarterly events.  For some reason, I’m now the new Events Manager for the CMF! I once produced a session for the CMF about ‘gender skew,’ and I’ve produced a few sessions for the CMC as well, so I know how brilliant it is for networking […]

CMF Updates Events

The Trouble With “Screen Time Rules”

CMC Academic Advisory Board member Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross of the London School of Economics discuss the wide range of advice given to parents about monitoring screen time.  How much is too much when it comes to “screen time”? Sonia and Alicia round-up the advice that is being given to parents about screen time rules, where […]


Extended Call for Papers: Children’s Media Symposium

The Children’s Media Symposium is extending its Call for Papers. The event will be held 24-26 November, 2017 at University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. They invite conference paper submissions to the inaugural Children’s Media Symposium. This year’s theme is “From Print to Screen” and will feature keynote presentations from celebrated children’s author Gary Crew, Oscar-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, the […]

Events Research

In Memoriam: Brian Cant

Anna Home OBE, Chair of the Children’s Media Foundation and a researcher for Play School (1964), commemorates the life and talent of Brian Cant (1933 – 2017). Brian Cant, who died in June, aged 83, will always be remembered as the face of Play School. He was part of the original presenting team in April […]


Call for Abstracts: Children’s Global Media Summit

Do you have some research you would like to present at CGMS 2017? The call for abstracts is now open! The Children’s Global Media Summit, CGMS 2017 is looking for outstanding and insightful research submissions for the conference, taking place in Manchester on the 5-7th December 2017. For more information on how to submit, please […]

Events Research

Introducing Olivia Dickinson to the CMF

Olivia Dickinson joins the Children’s Media Foundation Executive Committee as our new Events Manager.  Olivia has over 15 years’ experience in children’s and educational digital media, across Amazon, the BBC, Nickelodeon, Hopster, Discovery Education and Sky Kids. Specialising for a while in pre-school and early years, including an MA in Early Childhood, she now freelances […]

CMF Updates

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