Media are important social actors that play a role in creating and maintaining a power (im)balance in society. Also, media are inextricably and increasingly related to young people's lives. This connection becomes apparent both in positive and negative ways. As a consequence, the question of whether and how we can approach media from a children's rights perspective, is relevant and necessary.

Below, you find KeKi's work in English. The full overview of our work around children's rights and media can be found on the Dutch website.


Op de Beeck, H. (2014). The power of perceptions - Exploring the relation between exposure to traditional and alternative media frames and self-esteem among adolescents and young adults. Gent: Kenniscentrum Kinderrechten vzw.

  • This paper explores the relationship between images children and young people see in the media, and their self-esteem.


Lembrechts, S. (2013). Balancing on a double-edging sword - A child rights perspective on media power & Roma children, Presentation at the conference 'Media Trends: Children & The Media - Challenging Crossroads', Webster University Geneva, 9 April 2013.

  • This presentation analyses the positive (emancipatory) and negative (stigmatising and discriminating) powers of media on minority groups like Roma, and looks into opportunities of taking a children’s rights approach to restore this power imbalance.

Op de Beeck, H. (2014). The power of perceptions. Correlations between media images and children and youth’s self-esteem. Presentation at the conference ‘25 Years CRC’ organised by the Department of Child Law of Leiden University, Leiden, 17-19 November 2014.

  • This presentation explains the correlation between images children and young people see of themselves and their peers in the media, and their self-esteem.