Space Invaders: Children, Youth and Public Spaces

Space Invaders is a project run by the Centre for Research and Innovation in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY) at the University of Sussex in collaboration with the School of Education at the University of Brighton. It is funded by the University of Sussex through the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

The project facilitates children and young people’s interventions into public spaces and educating adults about their social worlds. The aim of our activities is to engage with adult anxieties about social media by demonstrating the creative and innovative ways in which children make use of social media. This year we have been running the #iMedia Competition which invited young people aged between 6-18 to ‘tell us their social media and online gaming stories’, explaining that:

“Adults sometimes think that children and young people waste their time and brains online using social and other media. So we want you to tell us what’s hot (and not!) about your media lives, what the media you use allow you to achieve and how they could be improved.. We want to know about how you use social media, what you find fun and how you combine different technologies (Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, Skype, Raspberry Pi, YouTube, phone apps, animations, etc). Tell us or show us on film, send it in to us and you could win a great prize”.

And they did! Below we list the 13 finalists for the #iMedia competition and encourage you to watch the films and leave comments.

Under 11’s

Click on this link

Under 18’s
Click on this link

Winners in each category will be announced at a screening and public debate on ‘Children’s Social Media’ at the Brighton Fringe Festival on Monday 20th May, 6-8pm at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton BN2 0JY. In addition to a screening of the films the event will include a debate on the motion ‘This house believes that screens are changing childhood for the better’ involving the student debating teams from the Universities of Sussex and Brighton .

Master of ceremonies is novelist and Guardian journalist Tim Lott responsible for a very funny article

It is a free and family friendly event. All welcome

Rachel Thomson


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