Square Eyes: Children, Screen Time and Fun

Emily Booker, Professor Catharine Lumby, Morris Gleitzman & George Dunford moderated by Daryl Karp

Saturday 25 August 2018
1.00PM – 2.00PM
The Terrace Room
National Portrait Gallery

From iPad babies to screenagers, technology is part of children's lives whether we like it or not. But does it have to be a moral panic about digital damage, cyber bullying and the dangers of sitting too close to the TV?  Emily Booker's book Square Eyes looks at how screen time can actually benefit a child's development. She is joined by Children's Book Laureate, Morris Gleitzman, Professor Catherine Lumby and digital strategist, George Dunford and moderator Daryl Karp, CEO of the Museum of Australian Democracy and board member of SBS and the Australian Children's Television Foundation.

Emily Booker has spent many years working on children’s issues both nationally and internationally. Her work for the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, involved leading global projects on children’s television and child rights. Emily has produced award-winning documentaries on children and young people and continues to work for the UN. She teaches journalism and communications at the University of NSW.

Professor Catharine Lumby has expertise in gender equality, sexual violence prevention, cultural and organisational change and social media. Her ability to present in an accessible and relevant manner has meant she has been asked to consult with organisations as diverse as the National Rugby League, Google, Channel Ten, David Jones and the Australian Defence Forces. She is the author of six books and frequently appears as media commentator in print and on radio and television.

Morris  Gleitzman  is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019.He is a bestselling Australian children’s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways.Morris wrote his first children’s novel in 1985. His moving and humourous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home.Morris’ books have been published in more than twenty countries, including the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Russia and China. They have won numerous awards, including all the Australian Readers Choice Awards voted for by children.

George Dunford has been in digital for over 20 years. He's worked for with Lonely Planet, ABC, Wheeler Centre, RMIT University, the National Library of Australia and National Museum of Australia. He's written more than 20 books for Lonely Planet including The Big Trip. He is currently director at Ferrous Digital, a Canberra-based digital strategy agency.

Daryl Karp has extensive experience as media executive in documentary, factual content and digital media.  Previously she was the CEO of Film Australia, and Head of Factual Television at the ABC.  She is a company director of SBS and is the Chair of the Council of Australian Museum Directors.  Daryl was awarded the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards in Public Sector and Academia Award – Australian Capital Territory Winner. She is currently the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.