Taking a closer look at kids and the media

THIRTEEN-year-old Zoe Adams, of Mount Nelson, was among 35 media-savvy students to take part in the nation-first MediaMe conference, held in Sydney.

Hosted by Crinkling News, the national newspaper for young Australians, the conference explored the concept of how the current generation understands the media.

It addressed important topics including how children and teens can learn to make better choices about what and whom they trust in an age of information saturation.

Zoe, a grade eight student at Friends’ School, said she had always been very interested in news and current affairs.

“But there was never an easy way to get the information, as I wasn’t always allowed to watch the news because some of the content wasn’t age appropriate,” she said.

“Crinkling News was the only outlet where I could find and interpret news and I wanted to be a part of changing this.”

MediaMe gave participants the chance to rub shoulders with a range of social media academics, Facebook and Google representatives and journalists from across the media industry.

As their main task for the conference, they were asked to put together an action plan for government, recommending important steps that should be taken to help young people develop media skills.

The conference concluded with a debate on the topic of “News is Not for Kids”, which was livestreamed on Facebook across Australia.

Zoe said she now had a better understanding of what goes on behind-the-scenes of the media industry.

This included the way children were often portrayed in the media.

“MediaMe was a really good chance to meet other kids who are interested in similar things and want to help make a change to the world,” Zoe said.

“It was also great to meet people who have helped influence the media in Australia and talk about what we can do to make kids heard more.”

For more information about MediaMe, visit https://mediame.crinklingnews.com.au.

Caption: Zoe Adams with Behind the News host Nathan Bazley at the MediaMe conference.