Children, Youth and Media

Pre-conference ECREA Section: Children, Youth and Media

Workshop on Ethics and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Postponed until ECREA sets a new date

Children, Youth and Media (CYM) Section (

Local organizers:
Sara Pereira (ICS/University of Minho, CECS)
Cristina Ponte (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA) 
Teresa Sofia Castro (FCSH/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, ICNOVA)
Pedro Moura (ICS/University of Minho, CECS)
Joana Fillol (ICS/University of Minho, CECS)


Brief description and call for abstracts:

The purpose of this event is to engage interactively participants in a fruitful dialogue about “Ethics and Children’s rights”. Participants are encouraged to discuss their research and topics in small groups in a workshop steered by a Senior Researcher. Thus, we encourage participants to submit a 250-word abstract on one of the two following themes, distributed in two sessions:

Session 1. Ethics in research with children: When doing research with children and young people, ethical issues arise at all stages of the life cycle of the project and invite to reflexivity. Issues related to trust are raised when: i) Contacting gatekeepers and accessing children and young people. Requirements may differ depending on the country, the place of research and the groups we want to do research with. ii) Building rapport and negotiating consent with children and young people and explaining issues related to anonymity and confidentiality. iii) Saving and using photographs and videos of children and young people in research outputs (security, misuse, dissemination…). iv) Involving children and young people in the analyses of the data and in the dissemination of results.

Session 2. Ethics and Children’s Digital Rights: Thirty years ago the UN Convention did not envisaged the fast pace of digital evolution and related challenges children and families face. Since then, the digital landscape has been increasingly accessible to younger generations of children and decisions to keep children safe online has created tensions between rights to protection and participation. Considering some polarised debates and controversies on the inevitability of digital in children’s lives and in finding a balanced approach, we invite researchers and scholars to discuss and reflect on ethics concerning children’s protection, participation and provision rights and how these transfer to the digital? What changes in the digital sphere? Or not? How can we think these rights properly, namely right to privacy, image rights, right of personal portrayal.

Submission and selection process:

Abstracts must be submittedto the following e-mail: Submission is open. New deadline will be announced when ECREA sets the new date of the Conference.

Submit your abstract as an e-mail attachment with no references to the author(s). Author(s) details (name, affiliation and contact details) must be included in the e-mail message.

Abstracts will be subject to blind peer-review and authors of accepted abstracts must communicate their attendance by the new date to be announced.

Please note: No more than 15 abstracts will be selected for each session. Participants should submit their proposal either for theme 1 or theme 2. Small groups of participants sharing similar issues will allow in-depth discussions, which will be followed by the presentation and debate in plenary.

It is possible to attend the workshop without any presentation. In this situation, please inform the organizers on your interest and make the registration. The total number of participants is limited to 50.

Preliminary schedule and practical information:  

The preconference will close before the opening of the ECREA main conference. 

There will be a small fee to cover attendance and refreshments at the pre-conference: 

  • 35€ for Non-Ecrea members
  • 30€ for ECREA members
  • 15€ for PhD students. 

Details and payment procedures will be announced at a later date.  

Provisional Program:

New date to be announced

9:30-12.15 SESSION 1
9:30-9.40Welcome participants – ECREA CYM , Sara Pereira and Cristina Ponte
9:40-10:00 Lecture in Ethical Challenges in doing research with children, byElisabeth Staksrud
10:00-11:00Group work: presentation and discussion of contributions; identification of 1-2 key points in each group;
11:00-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:15Plenary: Sharing and discussing; wrapping up
12:15-13:30Lunch Break
13:30-16.00SESSION 2 
13:30-13.50Lecture in Ethics and Digital Rights (speaker to be announced) 
13.50-15.00Group work: presentation and discussion of contributions; identification of 1-2 key points in each group.
15:00-16.00Plenary: Sharing and discussing; wrapping up.