CGMS Pre-Summit Workshop

Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue

Children’s Global Media Summit (CGMS) Pre-Summit Workshop

Monday, 4 December 2017,  10.00-16.00 – BBC Media City, Salford Quays

Workshop Coordinators:  Professor Jeanette Steemers and Professor Naomi Sakr

This inaugural project workshop was linked to the 8th Children’s Global Media Summit (CGMS), which took place from 5-7 December 2017 and was hosted by the BBC in Manchester. 

Professor Jeanette Steemers and Professor Naomi Sakr introduce the research project

The workshop addressed questions including:

· How is childhood defined and understood in the Arab world and how have Arab children’s entertainment and information needs been articulated by industry and policy-makers at home?

· What do Arab children know about the world from the screen content available to them on pan-Arab outlets and online? Where are the gaps?

· What are the shared information and entertainment needs, wants and experiences of young refugee and migrant children in Europe and their European-born peers? How can this knowledge be used to reach out to children and reflect diversity?

· Why are children’s voices and media rights fundamental to children’s future participation as citizens in new environments?

· What type of practical screen content policy and production recommendations are best for promoting social engagement among children and families who may be experiencing homesickness and disorientation?


The workshop addressed these questions and topics through an interactive mix of research findings, video clips, and small-group discussions.

Discussion about the programme Apple Tree House (Three Stones Media for CBeebies)


Participants engage in group discussions during the workshop



Download the Workshop Programme

Workshop Material and Resources

Read a review of the workshop by the Public Media Alliance here

Read our review of the Children’s Global Media Summit (CGMS) 2017 here


For information about our upcoming workshops, please email Dr Christine Singer: