DIGITAL VOICES: Progressing children’s right to be heard through social and digital media

Wednesday 04 May 2022: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Irish Time)

On-line, via Zoom

Digital Voices is a research project carried out by TU Dublin on behalf of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) in 2020/21. The brief was to examine how social and digital media might be mobilised to support and promote children’s right to be heard in the context of public decision making. Drawing on a review of the academic literature as well as current practices, the research team engaged widely with children and young people (9 17 years) and professional stakeholders in putting forward a framework for promoting digital as a mode of children’s participation in public decision making. Against a background of renewed attention to children’s rights in the digital environment, this webinar will reflect on the report’s conclusions and recommendations and look to the policy and practical challenges and some of  the promising trends of participatory practice in this field.

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Brian O’Neill, PhD is emeritus Professor at TU Dublin and previously Head of the School of Media and Director of Research, Enterprise & Innovation at the university. He is a media education expert with research interests in media literacy, policy for the digital environment and internet governance. Brian is a member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Group on Digital Citizenship Education, and leads policy engagement for the CO:RE (Children Online: Research and Evidence) platform funded under Horizon 2020. He also coordinates, jointly with the Leibniz Institute for Media Research Hans Bredow Institut , the BIK Policy Map project for the European Commission. He is a Deputy Chair of Ireland's National Advisory Council for Online Safety (NACOS) and previously chaired the Irish government’s task force on Internet Content Governance. He is currently co chair of the Steering Group for Media Literacy Ireland , a multi stakeholder initiative supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.