How have children’s media consumption habits have changed in the streaming video era? Swinburne’s researchers provide insights for parents trying to navigate this complicated environment.
With the rise of streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube, children’s screen media consumption habits have transformed in ways that have provoked new cultural and parental anxieties. In a landscape dominated by US-based streamers, previous frameworks in place to help parents regulate their children’s screen media consumption, such as television airing times and classifications, have become less useful and relevant.
In this presentation, Swinburne researchers Jessica Balanzategui and Liam Burke will explain some findings from their 4-year research project, ‘Australian Children’s Television Cultures’, to highlight the key concerns and strategies of Australian parents as illuminated by a nationwide survey and interviews. They will also share early data from their research with children aimed at uncovering children’s relationships with streaming services. Jessica will put these research findings in the context of her historical research on children’s television and on how streaming platform interfaces, catalogues, and algorithms have transformed children’s screen genres.
Dr Jessica Balanzategui is a Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. Jessica is the author of The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema (Amsterdam UP, 2018), and has published widely on children's media, entertainment cultures and technologies, and Gothic and horror screen genres in leading international journals. Jessica is the founding and chief editor of Amsterdam University Press’s book series, Horror and Gothic Media Cultures, and she received the 2020 Australian Film Institute Research Fellowship for her research on Australian children’s media.
Associate Professor Liam Burke is the coordinator of the Cinema and Screen Studies Major and a research member of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. His research interests include, Adaptation, New Media and Migration, Transmedia Storytelling, Comics and Manga, Animation, and Transnational Screen Traffic. He has written and edited several books including Superhero Movies, Fan Phenomena: Batman, and The Comic Book Film Adaptation, and the co-edited collections The Superhero Symbol and Superheroes Beyond. Liam is a chief investigator on the Superheroes research project with ACMI, which was responsible for Cleverman: The Exhibition and Superheroes: Realities Collide VR experience.
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