Welcome to the website of the Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division of International Communication Association (ICA). ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries across more than 30 divisions and interest groups.
The Children, Adolescents, and Media (CAM) division of ICA focuses on the role of different media in children’s and adolescents’ lives. CAM became an official division of ICA in 2011 and continues to grow. Today, CAM is comprised of more than 200 scholars from around the world who share an interest in young people and the media.CAM focuses on all media and technologies aimed at and/or used by children and adolescents. Through an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological lens, CAM scholars draw on and contribute to communication theory as well as psychological, sociological, cultural and critical theories.
CAM strives to be a fruitful intellectual forum for academics who study the role of media in the lives of children and adolescents. CAM aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scholars of different backgrounds and disciplinary orientations as well as provide empirically-guided advice for children’s media practitioners, parents, caregivers, and public policy organizations as we all work to understand the relationship between children, adolescents, and the media.
Interested to become a CAM member? If you are a new to ICA or renewing your ICA membership, follow the instructions on ICA’s Join Us page. During the sign-up/renewal process, simply add the CAM division to your cart. If you are already a member of ICA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add CAM to your division affiliations.