Children, Adolescents and the Media


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About CAM

In the past decades, children and adolescents have become the defining users of many entertainment media and media technologies. Despite a booming media industry specifically aimed at children and young people, relatively little is known about the contents, uses, and implications of these media productions. The rapidly developing changes in young people's media environment provide an important raison d'etre for a this division within ICA that specifically focuses on the role of different media in children's and adolescents' lives.

The Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CAM) division strives to be a fruitful intellectual forum for academics from all over the world who study the role of media in the lives of children and young people. It aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scholars of different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations, informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches.

CAM aims to cover all media and technologies aimed at and/or used by children and young people: It focuses on the production, content, uses, and reception of both print and electronic media. CAM's orientation is interdisciplinary: It attempts to draw on and contribute to communication theory, but also to psychological, sociological, cultural and critical theories. CAM's approach is multi-methodological: It welcomes all theoretical and empirical studies based on quantitative and qualitative research methods.











New information that is relevant for the CAM membership will be updated soon. If you'd like to share calls for papers, vacancies, or other information with CAM members, please email Laura Vandenbosch (, CAM secretary).


Full-time professor position: KU Leuven (Belgium)

Communication Science at KU Leuven, Belgium, is hiring a full-time (assistant/associate/full) professor. Your research will focus on media-effects. You will teach several courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s level and supervise master's theses. Both KU Leuven and its communication department strive for academic excellence and are consistently ranked among the highest in the European continent. More information can be found here.

18th European Conference on Developmental Psychology

The European Association for Developmental Psychology (EADP) is pleased to announce that the abstract submission website is now open for the 18th biennial European Conference on Developmental Psychology (ECDP2017)* to be held August 29 – September 1, 2017 with pre-conference workshops** on August 28 and August 29, in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We welcome submissions for Paper presentations, Poster presentations, Paper symposia, and Poster symposia, and encourage proposals from a wide variety of disciplines on topics related to human development. The abstract submission deadline is February 13, 2017.

We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for ECDP2017: Rutger Engels, Catrin Finkenauer, Elliot Turiel, Henry Wellman, and Sonia Livingstone.

Please distribute this Call ( /ohanaFiles/file/Letter%20ECDP2017%20Call%20for%20Submissions.pdf) for Submissions to colleagues and organizations that may be interested. The website is: 

We look forward to seeing you in Utrecht in 2017!

Prof. Susan Branje

Prof. Willem Koops


Health Communication - Call for papers - 1 March 2017 

Forthcoming Symposium in Health Communication : "Electronic Media Use and Sleep"

Symposium Editor: Jan Van den Bulck (

Good and sufficient sleep is a major determinant of health. Without it, both children, adolescents, and adults are more likely to have accidents, perform worse at their daytime activities, struggle with weight issues, and even experience a deterioration of health. People today sleep one to two hours per day less than they did fifty years ago. At the same time, the media landscape has undergone rapid and substantial changes, giving people ever more control over, but also growing access to, media content on a variety of platforms. Media use has followed the user, first into the bedroom, and then into bed. The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of publications devoted to the relationship between electronic media use and sleep. Media use has been linked to a decline in sleep quality, a shorter sleep duration, and an increase in daytime fatigue in various demographic groups. The evidence is growing that using electronic media before or after lights out may be a significant risk factor for the development of sleep difficulties. While the association between media use and sleep is well established, relatively little is known about the processes that explain these relationships and their outcomes.

This symposium of Health Communication invites researchers and practitioners from the fields of communication, sleep medicine, public health, media and health psychology and other related fields to submit original research articles on electronic media use and sleep behavior. Papers featuring research on the impact of traditional media (i.e. television, video games, music) and new media (i.e. smartphones, tablets, social media) on sleep indicators (such as sleep quality, sleep duration, fatigue) or sleep disorders (such as insomnia) will be considered. Submissions should offer theoretical, methodological or practical relevance for understanding the relations among electronic media exposure, sleep indicators and sleep-related health behavior. Data-based submissions are encouraged, but theoretical or methodological articles will also be considered. Manuscripts must adhere to the aims of Health Communication and as such need to contribute to theory and practice.

Two types of submissions are encouraged, although others will be considered:

(1) Full-length original research articles that conform to the general guidelines of submissions at Health Communication, reporting on original research on the association between electronic media use and sleep.

(2) Short reports (2,000 words or less, including references).

When submitting your manuscript to Health Communication ( be sure to indicate in your cover letter that you are submitting to the symposium on electronic media use and sleep behavior, and indicate whether you want your submission to be considered as a full-length article or a brief report. Multiple submissions from one research group will be considered. Manuscripts submitted should not be under review at another journal. For questions about submission fit, topical areas, or anything related to the symposium, please contact symposium editor Jan Van den Bulck ( Deadline for symposium consideration is 1 March 2017. The symposium will appear in a printed issue, with articles made available online ahead of print.


Two PhD and two Postdoc Vacancies at UvA

The Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, currently has two PhD and two Postdoc vacancies in the ERC project ‘Children and social robots: Toward an integrative framework.’ For further information, see the link : or alternatively:

Assistant Professor Position: Children's Media Psychologist

The Department of Advertising + Public Relations (AD+PR) at Michigan State University seeks a scholar-teacher with a strong background in developmental psychology. This is an assistant professor tenure-system position. The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in psychology, or a related field, with an interest in the effects of media on children’s development.  Training and experience in neuroscience is preferred.  Not only will this faculty member contribute to the scholarship and teaching in advertising and/or public relations, they will contribute to development of programming for the local public broadcasting station, WKAR.  Commitment to high-quality, empirical research, and external grant activity is a must. The position will involve undergraduate and graduate teaching.

AD+PR is home to internationally recognized scholars and practitioners, with a long history and reputation of being a leader in advertising and public relations research and teaching. Alumni and faculty have achieved positions of prominence in industry, government, and academia.   It is part of both the country’s first college of communication, and a doctoral program ranked in the National Research Council’s top 10 within the field of communication.

Please direct any questions regarding this search to Patricia Huddleston, Search Committee Chairperson, Department of Advertising + Public Relations at To apply, please refer to Posting #3819 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website at Applicants should submit electronically the following: 1) cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) the names of three references who may be contacted by the search committee. The search committee will begin considering applications September 1, 2016. The search closes when a suitable candidate is hired. Duties to begin on, or before, August 16, 2017.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Sesame Workshop Dissertation Awards Program

A new Dissertation Award Program has been launched. The goal of the Sesame Award is to support doctoral students interested in addressing children’s (age 2-5) learning and development using Sesame Street content. Sesame wishes to fund quantitative or mixed-method research projects that help answer important questions about Sesame Street’s (domestic) effectiveness and best practices for educating children through digital media.

 Sesame will be accepting applications now until September 23rd, 2016 from doctoral students who are interested in using Sesame Street content (across platforms) to conduct research on how to best provide educational media experiences for children. Sesame will award up to three students an honoraria of $25,000 each to be paid in 3 installments. More information can be found here : /ohanaFiles/file/SW%20Dissertation%20Awards%20August%202016.pdf.

The Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is seeking an Executive Director

The Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is seeking an Executive Director ( The Institute seeks fundamental insights into how children, their peers, and their families are engaging with digital media, and how these interactions at home, school, and within their communities affect their cognitive, psychological, social, behavioral, and physical development. Specifically, the organization supports and catalyzes high quality, interdisciplinary scientific research; educates parents, clinicians, educators, media, and policymakers; and advocates for policies and innovations that will improve children’s media experience.

They are looking for a proven leader who is passionate about this timely topic and has experience building complex organizations from the ground up.

If anyone in your network comes to mind as a potential fit, or you are interested in learning more, please contact Carlos iro Burgos (] from On-Ramps, an executive search firm serving the social sector. Thanks in advance for your support.


Journal of Family Communcation

Routledge, Taylor and Francis is now accepting applications for the editorship of Journal of Family Communication beginning with Volume 18 Issue 1, 2018.


The current editor (Professor Jordan Soliz, University of Nebraska) ends his role with the last issue of 2017. The new editor will be responsible for the next 3 years of the journal (2018-2020). Therefore, she or he will start some editorial duties in mid-2017.

Journal of Family Communication publishes original empirical and theoretical papers that advance our understanding of the communication processes within or about families. JFC is also committed to publishing manuscripts that address issues related to the intersection between families, communication, and social systems, such as mass media, education, health care, and law & policy.  

The journal seeks to publish the highest quality family communication manuscripts that are theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous. JFC is topically and methodologically inclusive, publishing research that is quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, and critical. The journal also welcomes multidisciplinary scholarship as well as papers from related fields, such as family studies, social psychology, and sociology. 

For more information visit the journal’s homepage,


A complete application package will include:

  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate
  • Statement of interest in the position summarizing the applicant’s qualification for the role as well as vision for continued expansion and internationalization of the publication
  • Nominations may also include a letter of support from the department if desired



Both self and other nominations are encouraged.  If you would like to nominate someone else to be considered for the editorship of Journal of Family Communication, please send the name of the person you are nominating, their email address and brief description of qualifications to Steven R. Wilson, Chair, Editor-Elect Selection Committee,


Please send applications electronically to arrive no later than October 1, 2016 to Professor Steve Wilson (  Feel free to also contact the current editor, Professor Jordan Soliz (, with any questions about the editor’s role and responsibilities.  


Journal of Advertising

Special Issue:    Advertising and Children

Guest Editor

Michelle R. Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Advertising (JA) dedicated to Advertising and Children.

JA is the premier journal of the American Academy of Advertising, an organization of advertising scholars and professionals with an interest in advertising and advertising education. The journal covers “significant intellectual development pertaining to advertising theories and their relationship with practice.”  

For more than 40 years, scholars, practitioners and public policy makers have been interested in the effects of advertising on children. Today the forms of advertising and the uses of media have changed drastically. At the same time, the nature of childhood, definitions and structures of family, approaches to parenting, and academic understanding of children are also changing. These changes necessitate new forms of scholarly inquiry into advertising and this special audience.

The purpose of this special issue is to draw from across methodological and disciplinary perspectives to examine issues related to children through age 18. Submissions from across academic fields are encouraged. Papers may include conceptual frameworks, literature reviews, historical approaches, experiments, surveys and qualitative approaches. Potential research questions and topics that may be addressed include (but are not limited to):

* Use and effects of newer forms of advertising and media technologies, including social media and mobile devices

* Issues related to ethics and fairness of advertising to children, including privacy, effective parental mediation, and blurring of commercial and non-commercial content

* Media literacy and persuasion knowledge of children

* Potential for positive and negative effects of advertising to children including health-related behaviors, materialism, consumer literacy, and normative beliefs

* Consumer socialization of children

* New theoretical perspectives, such as the sociology of childhood, children’s lived perspectives, consumer culture theory, and children as active interpreters

* How children and their behaviors are represented in advertising

* Cross-cultural issues in advertising to children

* Stakeholder Perspectives (e.g., parents, educators, advertisers, trade groups, policy makers, medical professionals) in advertising to children


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines for JA at A manuscript should not normally exceed 12000 words, including all references, tables, figures, and appendices.


The submission deadline is January 30, 2018.

All manuscripts should be submitted through the JA online submission system, ScholarOne, at, during January 1-30, 2018. Authors should select “SPECIAL ISSUE: Advertising and Children” as “Manuscript Type.” Please also note in the cover letter that the submission is for the Special Issue on Advertising and Children. Manuscripts will go through a peer review process, and the Special Issue is planned to appear as the first issue of 2019.


Special Issue Guest Editor

Michelle R. Nelson, Associate Professor, Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, Institute of Communication Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


For additional information regarding the Special Issue, please contact the Guest Editor at



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