"Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World"

Pre-conference to ECREA’s seventh European Communication Conference, ECC 2018, Lugano, 31 October 2018

"Children and Adolescents in a Mobile Media World"

Event organized by the Institute of Communication and Health, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the ECREA TWG: Children, Youth and Media


Anne-Linda Camerini, PhD, ICH, USI

Scientific committee:
Prof. Peter J. Schulz, PhD
Serena Petrocchi, PhD
Anna Carrara, MSc
Laura Marciano, MSc


Patti Valkenburg, PhD, University distinguished professor, University of Amsterdam


Short Abstract:
Children and adolescents increasingly turn to mobile media devices, the smartphone in particular, to stay connected with family and friends and access a variety of digital media contents and services including social media, music, videos, and games. The everytime-and-everywhere-access to mobile media has changed children’s and adolescents’ everyday life with potential implications on their health and development. The preconference wants to address these issues both from a theoretical and methodological perspective.


Pre-conference topics:

  • Role of mobile media in children’s and adolescents’ everyday life

  • Methodological challenges of research on mobile media use

  • Parental mediation and monitoring of mobile media use

  • Impact of mobile media on children’s and adolescents’ psycho-physical health and development

  • Mobile media and children’s and adolescents’ privacy

  • Mobile media contents and activities: new phenomena or old habits

  • Use of mobile media in school


Abstracts of 500 words (excluding tables, figures, and references) should outline the research topic as well as the theoretical and methodological approach. All abstracts will be subject to double-blind peer review. Please submit the abstract including names, affiliations, and contact details (email) in an edible format by 30 April 2018 to [email protected].

We received many interesting submissions. Upon request, we extended the deadline to 9 May 2018 to allow all those to submit an abstract who may want to do so based on the decision of acceptance for the main conference to be communicated by 7 May 2018.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2018
Registration: 28 October 2018 (31 July 2018 for early bird fee)



Until 31 July 2018 (early bird)

Until 28 October 2018

ECREA members: 60 CHF

ECREA members: 70 CHF

Students: 65 CHF

Students: 75 CHF

Other: 70 CHF

Other: 80 CHF


Click here to register for the pre-conference.

Registration fee includes: admission to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunch.


Università della Svizzera italiana
Campus Lugano
Via Buffi 13
CH-6900 Lugano



Organisation matters (fees, payment, food)

Scientific matters (abstracts, themes, participants)

Teresa Cafaro

Anne-Linda Camerini

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +41 (0) 58 666 44 87

Phone: +41 (0) 58 666 44 86