Kids' DIY Media

Mapping trends, policy implications, and the best practices around children's creative cultural production online.

About the Project

Today, children’s DIY media creation increasingly takes place online, using digital tools that allow them to not only produce and share their ideas with the world, but also to develop many of the skills they’ll need to be participants, innovators and leaders in the digital economy. 

Our innovative, multi-method research project will survey and analyze a number of these tools to generate important knowledge for a wide range of stakeholders. Here’s our four-part plan:

The overall goal of the project is to build a better understanding of the technologies, users and stakeholder interests involved in children’s online DIY media phenomenon, and to produce an inclusive, ethics-based, empirically and theoretically grounded set of best practices and policy recommendations.

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Our Goals

Advancing Children's Cultural Rights

This project focuses on the implications of online DIY media for children and their rights to privacy, authorship, and freedom of expression. The project includes children in the research and knowledge sharing processes, acknowledging their unique insight and expertise.

Anticipating Emerging Policy Issues

The project will identify emerging policy issues linked to children's content creation and its implications in the areas of privacy, intellectual property ownership, freedom of expression, and more. We want to help policymakers initiate informed public consultations and new policy development.

Benefits to Media & Digital Industries

Digital innovation often originates from independent, small to mid-sized developers. Our research will draw on their expertise. This project engages media and digital companies in collaborative, research-based knowledge sharing. Our aim is to help them address the policy, ethical and other challenges of supporting children's online DIY media production, while optimizing the potential benefits and opportunities for further development.