Children have a
fundamental right to express opinions and participate in public discussions,
Interactive Broadcast Media Exhibit
More than 2,000 broadcasters from over 160 countries aired TV and radio programs by, for and about children in December 2001, International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB). Started by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the event galvanized some of the most influential broadcasting organizations around the world in support of children's issues and in celebration of their huge energy and creative potential.
The fundamental right of children to express opinions and participate in public discussion is emphasized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child; ICDB helps make this right a reality. The event provides an opportunity for children to work with broadcasters, designing studio sets, setting up cameras and reporting and presenting the news. Programs produced for ICDB spotlight the major challenges to children in poverty and in war, being enlisted as soldiers, being sexually exploited and infected with HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF has filmed children around the world who are making a difference; to demonstrate the power they possess to change their own lives. A film of Iqui Balam, a youth group in Guatemala is
among programs being circulated to TV stations. Iqui Balam was formed eight years ago when several young people dared to break the cycle of violence and hopelessness in their Guatemalan shantytown. Since then they have brought rival gangs together, helped children get off drugs and the street, improved schools and other social services and brought theatre, music and fun to young people's lives. Along with the Iqui Balam profile, UNICEF and its partners, including Danmarks radio, are offering broadcasters a wide selection of children's profiles, animated shows, docudramas, public service announcements and logos for ICDB. UNICEF and the International Council of NATAS together award a Special International Emmy each year to the broadcaster whose participation in ICDB is most outstanding. Much of the content is produced by children themselves.
The topic of children and television presents a rich variety of research opportunities, it helps to expand our knowledge of how children respond to television, how the technology can help kids learn, and what broadcasters can do to strengthen their offerings for young viewers. Classroom use of TV and video, has demonstrated that teachers and students alike can benefit from observing themselves on screen. When we introduce this as an informal learning tool we help children reflect more deeply on their experiences, this reflecting on experience takes place when the kids screen tapes of themselves and look analytically at what they’ve been doing.
When you think about it, experience is not the best teacher. It’s reflection on experience that makes it educational. And video is very useful for that. The use of video technology can be used to document learning experiences — studying the group dynamics when a number of kids work on a project together, or watching how an individual child goes about figuring something out.
Interactive Broadcast Media Exhibit
A Unique Opportunity For Teachers And Children!
Under the guidance of our studio technicians, teachers and children will plan producing a television or radio program, during which they will not only perform but also operate all the recording and editing equipment! The performance will be recorded onto videotape, which the school can take away with them. The children need to work as a team as each child has a specific job to do. To provide as rich an experience as possible in the T.V./Radio Studio, we will limit the number of children using these resources. Teachers will plan a course at school in advance so that only half the group uses the Studio at any one time, whilst an alternative complementary activity is run alongside.
Some of our activities will include: News Broadcast; school dramas; other dramas or debates prepared before the visit; crewing, directing, operating cameras etc.