|Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media
Institute of Education, London University
Children today spend more time watching television than they spend in school. If we add to this the time they devote to films, magazines, computer games and popular music, it is clear that the media constitute by far their most significant leisure-time pursuit. Many have argued that the media have now taken the place of the family and the school as the major socialising influence in contemporary society.
Public debate on these issues needs to be informed by serious, in-depth research; and it is vital that educators are able to use the media in constructive and creative ways. We need to move beyond a merely defensive approach, and to find new ways of empowering young people, both as critical consumers of media and as producers in their own right.
The Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media aims to provide a focus for existing work and for developing new projects in this field. It is based at the Institute of Education, University of London, the UK's leading graduate school of education. The Institute has gained the highest rankings in each of the three national research assessment exercises, and is widely recognised as one of the major world centres of educational inquiry.
The Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media:
* undertakes research and consultancies
* holds conferences and public seminars
* organises networks of researchers and practitioners
* supervises graduate students
* publishes books and reports
* and works with other institutions, nationally and internationally.
The Centre is the co-ordinator of CHICAM
Professor David Buckingham
Liesbeth de Block
Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media