This small-scale research project, tracking 18 children’s use of and attitude towards a range of media is absolutely engrossing for anyone working with or planning to work with children and young people.
The study began in 2014 when the children were aged between 8 and 15 and is following them over several years, interviewing them on camera about the way they consume and interact with TV, YouTube, websites, apps, film, music and books.
In Ofcom’s words the reports ‘provide evidence about the motivations and the context of media use, and how media are part of daily life and domestic circumstances. The reports also provide rich detail on how media habits and attitudes change over time, particularly in relation to children’s emotional and cognitive development.’
There are four sets of findings published to date, the latest in November 2017. These reports aren’t a quick read but they are set out clearly and split into useful sections so you can dip into specific elements. All jargon is explained, another plus point.
If this is an area of interest for you, Ofcom’s annual Children’s Media Literacy research will also be useful, published annually since 2006.
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