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The International Research Forum on Children and Media (IRFCAM) was established at the First World Summit on Television and Children in March 1995 as an initiative of the Australian Broadcasting Authority. The forum promotes awareness of the need for research into children and the media, stimulating research as an aid to policy making. It aims to encourage the exchange and collaboration of international research.


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Research Forum at the Summit in Karlstad Sweden 2010
The Summit theme “Challenges in young people´s world of communication”, was divided into five strands with the following perspectives: Communication for change, Children and young people’s education and development, Children and young people’s digital content creation, Economics, policies and law, and Ethics and social responsibilities. The Research Forum at the Summit in Karlstad Sweden 2010 aimed to encourage the exchange and collaboration of international research. It provided a space for knowledge and dialogue between the different groups of delegates at the Summit, enabling researchers to reach out to interested parties in and outside the research community.


The First IRFCAM, Young People and the Media, Tomorrow, was held in UNESCO Paris, 1997 and organised by France’s Groupe de Recherche sur la Relation Enfants Medias (GRREM). It was attended by 350 participants, including researchers, regulators, policy makers and journalists from over 33 countries.

The Second IRFCAM was held in Sydney, 2000, hosted by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO with support from the Australian Broadcasting Authority and participants from over 55 countries. This forum focused on 4 main themes:
• Youth production and consumption of media.
• Globalisation and socialisation.
• Policy and regulation of media for young people.
• Approaches to research methodologies.

The Third IRFCAM was held in Latin America in 2004, organised by the Media Research Institute from Argentina. It promoted a diversity of research and policy issues in all areas of the media and was an opening event for the Fourth World Summit on Media for Children.