Friday, July 26, 2013

Deborah Fields Has Been Awarded a New Grant

Deborah Fields, in partnership with Dr. Sara Grimes of the University of Toronto, has been awarded a new grant to study children's online do-it-yourself (DIY) activities, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This three-year grant will explore children's DIY media production online, with several industry, academic and policy partners. The main goal of the grant is to learn more about the children's DIY media phenomenon: the frequency with which children engage in these activities, the features and functionality of the tools they use, how their content is shaped and moderated by companies who provide the tools, or the contents of the media they create. Accordingly, important questions remain when it comes to how to best manage, curate and regulate child-made media. Key objectives include identifying the types of support systems--regulatory, infrastructural, and technical--required to foster a rights-based, child-centric, inclusive approach to children's online DIY media production,which will in turn support children's learning, cultural participation and digital skill development.

Key partners include the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Common Sense Media, Media Smarts, Alissa Antle of Simon Frasier University, Debbie Gordon of Centennial College, Zinc Roe, Untold Entertainment, Doodlecast, Storybird, and the Toronto International Film Festival.