After two years of investigation under the authority of the European Commission, today a group of European experts on children is presenting Positive Digital Content for Kids, the first book that specifically deals with positive online content for children.
It examines the work of Europe’s best producers, including the authoritative Ravensburger in Germany, the BBC in England with their CBeebies format, and Toca Boca in Sweden with 80 million downloads. In the book, they share their secrets on how to make good, interactive content for children, from apps to online video. The makers of this book argue that we should place more attention on high quality content for children.
After mainly focussing on how to keep children away from harmful content and support initiatives that could filter out violence and pornography, the EU’s ‘Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids’ is now also placing more attention on quality. The more good content there is for children, the less chance that they will stumble across harmful material. Parents need good examples for their kids and producers want to make high-quality products. Quite a task, certainly if you want to make your product stand out in an overcrowded AppStore, for instance.
“There’s too much emphasis on the risks of what kids are doing with digital media. From cyber bullying to sexting, the debate on youngsters and the Internet too often focuses on the criminal aspects,” according to Remco Pijpers, initiator of this book and one of the experts of POSCON, the network funded by the EU.
“We must be aware of the dangers, but our goal must be to produce so much positive content that the negative content vanishes into nothingness”, says Professor Sonia Livingstone.
The book is published in cooperation with the EU-funded thematic network POSCON and can be downloaded and distributed for free at www.positivecontent.eu.
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