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As research and practice within the field of children, adolescents, and media continues to grow, so do the opportunities for our CAM members.  This page is regularly updated with information about relevant Call for Papers, position announcements, and other relevant information.  If you have information that you would like to share with the CAM community, please Contact Us.

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CfP – Journal of Children and Media

The Journal of Children and Media is an international interdisciplinary and multi-method peer-reviewed publication that provides a space for discussion by scholars and professionals from around the world and across theoretical and empirical traditions who are engaged in the study of media in the lives of children and adolescents.  It is a unique intellectual forum for the exchange of information about all forms and contents of media in regards to all aspects of children’s lives, and especially in three complementary realms: Children as consumers of media, representations of children in the media, and media organizations and productions for children as well as by them.

It is committed to the facilitation of international dialogue among researchers and professionals, through discussion of interaction between children and media in local, national, and global contexts; concern for diversity issues; a critical and empirical inquiry informed by a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches; and dedication to ensuring the social relevance of the academic knowledge it produces to the cultural, political, and personal welfare of children around the world.

Vikki Katz and Amy Jordan, the co-editors of the JOCAM, and Vicky Rideout, the Review & Commentary section editor, invite you to visit the journal’s website for more information about the journal and submission instructions. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of JOCAM has been a strong supporter of CAM from its inception, sponsoring receptions and offering discounted subscriptions.

Submission Deadline: Permanent Call


CfP – International Journal of Bullying Prevention

Special issue topic: The Use of Artificial Intelligence to Address Online Bullying and Abuse

Special Issue Editors:

  • Dr. Tijana Milosevic, The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University
  • Dr. Kathleen Van Royen, Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp
  • Dr. Brian Davis, School of Computing, Dublin City University and ADAPT Research Centre

Cyberbullying or online bullying, harassment and abuse pose significant challenges for online platforms. The use of natural language processing (NLP), various forms of machine learning (such as supervised machine learning, deep learning) and artificial intelligence (AI), is becoming more prevalent in moderating these behaviours on social media platforms and various content sharing apps. A number of social media companies refer to their increasing reliance on AI to moderate various forms of abusive behaviour, indicating their relative success in identifying these proactively. Nonetheless, companies reveal little information about how such moderation is applied in practice, about the details behind the algorithm design; and they infrequently release datasets that would allow scientists who do not work in the social media industry to understand this process. While some industry experts and scholars place significant hopes in deep learning to solve the problem of online abuse, others identify the limitations of this approach, including a relative lack of training datasets; the misinterpretation of contextual cues and relational history, and the danger of systematic bias that can inadvertently slip into such modelling. Furthermore, there is a relative lack of insight from the perspectives of sociology and psychology and other social science disciplines about how users (adults and children) perceive such interventions and about their desirability. For instance, how do users understand the balance of rights to safety on the one hand and privacy and freedom of expression on the other, when it comes to the application of proactive moderation tools?

For this special issue, we are looking for a variety of submissions from a range of disciplines that examine various aspects of AI applications to address abuse. This includes but it is not limited to: communication, education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, computer science and engineering, human computer interaction, science and technology studies, among others.

The goals of this special issue are:

  • Outline various approaches in the application of NLP, machine learning and AI to addressing cyberbullying, harassment, and various specific forms of cyberaggression
  • Outline the state of the field today, assessing the strengths and limitations of the solutions currently available
  • Find articles that not only report on current approaches to the use of AI in moderation, but also critique current methods applied by social media platforms
  • Find insights from technical sciences and social science research that would inform the design and deployment of tools for computational scholars
  • Facilitate interdisciplinarity by translating some of the work undertaken in the fields of computer science and engineering into a language that is more accessible to scholars in social sciences and humanities
  • Drawing attention of the scholars in technical fields to the work being done in social sciences and humanities on this topic that can further inform their research

Abstracts (max 500 words) should be submitted by September 15, 2020 to Tijana Milosevic at tijana.milosevic@dcu.ie. Full manuscripts (typical length between 6,000 and 9,000 words-please seek permission in advance if you need to submit a shorter or longer manuscript) to be submitted by December 1st, 2020. The issue is planned for June 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

NB: We are interested in a wide range of topics and we would also consider submissions that address the moderation of issues that do not necessarily fall under online bullying, such as online grooming, for instance. Nonetheless, please note that if you are contemplating such a topic that is a bit outside the scope of the special issue, it is really important to tie the discussion with cyberbullying in some way—e.g. by contextualising cybergrooming as a form of online bullying.

We thank you in advance for considering our special issue for publishing your work.

Sincerely,

Tijana Milosevic, Kathleen Van Royen, and Brian Davis

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