We are organizing a Conference in August 2018 in New Delhi on the subject “Digital Media: Children and Young People” The April 2018 Conference will deliberate specifically on “Digital Media: Children and Young People”, as children and young people are the sections of the society who impact and get impacted by the “new digital media” the most unique way and it will be this generation who will be the carriers and harbingers of change in the domains of digital media and society.
The objective of the conference is to initiate and establish a process of structured brainstorming so that the formulations of laws, policies, rules, regulations, guidelines, protocols and SOPs to strengthen and facilitate positive outcomes from “Digital Media and Children and Young People” get organically synchronized with changes and advancements in Digital Media Technologies and the corresponding changes in social sciences and social systems. It is envisioned as a cross disciplinary platform of Information Technology, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Political Science, Economics and Public Administration.
(a) Digital/Social Media and issues of Sex and Marriage for Children/Young Adults.
(b) Digital/Social Media and participation of Children/Young Adults in Family, Community, and Social Activities and issues of Mental Health and Lifestyle Diseases of Children/Young Adults..
(a) Digital/Social Media and Knowledge, Skills and Practice of Children/Young Adults with Disabilities and its impact on Nation’s Development.
(b) Digital/Social Media and Career Choices of Children/Young Adults from marginalized sections of the society (girls, minorities, dalits, adivasis) and its impact on Nation’s Development.
(c) Digital/Social Media and Career Choices of Children/Young Adults and its impact on Nation’s Development.
(a) Digital/Social Media and Perception and Participation of Children/Young Adults in processes of Democratic Governance, e.g. Public Elections as –
(a) Candidates (b) Voters & (c) Influencers (Use of Big Data Analytics to study and analyse people’s perception and use of Digital/Social Media to influence people’s perception)
The outcome of the Conference will be Publication of Guidelines for practitioners and recommendations for the policy and law makers towards facilitation of benefits and mitigation of harms of digital and social media on children and young people.
The Guidelines will be based on deliberations at the Conference and learning from the best practices. We will upload the videos and documents from the conference proceedings on the website and circulate it widely amongst practitioners and academics and solicit their feedback for one month and incorporate them into the guidelines. We will bring out the Guidelines in July 2018.
FLAIR and CSI have made “Digital Media and Society” a regular networking platform that interfaces between ICT and Social Science fraternity to enrich each others’ work in the best interest of society. We regularly hold meetings, seminars, webinars and provide handholding support to organizations working on the related issues. We work to mainstream good use of digital media for a social cause and this conference “Digital Media: Children and Young People” is a part of the process and we will ensure that the learning from the conference are put to use in policy and practice through regular dialogue with the policy makers, industry and social sector.