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:
An extensive survey of currently available tools, websites, platforms, software and programs aimed at enabling children’s DIY media production and sharing.
A series of case studies of online children’s DIY media production sites currently used by large numbers of Canadian children and teens, which will combine interviews, field research, content and design analysis.
Critical analysis of existing regulation relevant to the issues raised above, including federal and provincial policies, as well as industry self-regulation.
A series of workshops and public events for academics, media producers, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, policymakers and legal analysts, as well as children and teens identified as “leaders” in specific areas of online DIY media creation.
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.