|Children, Mobile Phones and the Internet Experts' Meeting|
|Background||Purpose of Meeting||Programme and Speakers||Hosts|
|Date:||6-7th March 2003|
MITSUBISHI RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.|
3-6, OTEMACHI 2-CHOME CHIYODA-KU, TOKYO 100-8141 JAPAN
|Reception and Party:||Palace Hotel|
1-1-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
|Languages:||English and Japanese (with simultaneous translation)|
Internet Association, Japan (Japan)
Childnet International (UK)
NTT DoCoMo, Inc.|
Vodafone Group Foundation
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
FUJITSU LIMITED /NIFTY Corporation
The spread and high use rates of mobile phones among children have been a very observable phenomenon, particularly amongst certain European countries and Japan. Research shows that one in four Japanese children have mobile phones (even one in three junior high school girls), and in the UK recent research shows 52% of all seven to sixteen year-olds own a mobile phone, and 24% of young mobile users being on their third handset. Scandinavian countries are noted for their high mobile phone per capita ratios, and a recent survey from Sweden found that mobile penetration had reached 75% of the population. The take up of mobile phones among children and young people has been noticeably slower in the USA, although here too it is now beginning to become a popular accessory.
The purpose of this Experts meeting is to look at the current uses of mobile phone technology by children, what issues this has raised, and what opportunities this offers. The meeting will also map what the future has to offer, especially with regard to the move to 3G and subsequent technologies, and what responses there need to be from the relevant actors, including of course children and parents. The meeting will be deliberately broad-based and international with regard to membership, drawing on representatives from academia, industry, child welfare, regulators, policy foundations and law enforcement from around the world.
The Programme for the meeting will be organised under four main headings:
There will be presentations from academic experts on how children perceive and use these new technologies. Industry planners will explain their view of future changes and trends in mobile phone and Internet use by children; Consumer and child welfare experts will give their perspective on the opportunities and dangers for children and young people. Regulators will share their view of what if any, new challenges these technologies pose.
There will be ample time for reflection, discussion and debate. There will be full simultaneous translation for English and Japanese participants.
This conference is being hosted by the Internet Association, Japan a non-profit and industry-based organization with about 277 Internet related organizational and individual members. IAJapan and its predecessor organisations have been in the lead in Japan in identifying the social challenges that new technologies pose.
|Contact:||Internet Association, Japan: Akio Kokubu, Takayo Okubo, Maki Yamamoto
Address:Mita Kokusai Bldg. 23F 1-4-28 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073, Japan