[Air-L] 2nd CFP: Special JVWR Issue on Virtual Worlds for Kids

Sun Sun LIM sunlim at nus.edu.sg
Thu Oct 1 07:24:31 PDT 2009


Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (http://jvwresearch.org/ <https://exchange.nus.edu.sg/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://jvwresearch.org/> ) 
Special issue, Vol. 3 (3), 2010: Virtual Worlds for Kids 
Abstract Deadline: 20 October 2009 

Guest Editors: 
Sun Sun LIM, National University of Singapore, sunlim at nus.edu.sg 
Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver, Lynn.Clark at du.edu 

While virtual worlds for young adults have received considerable 
research attention, virtual worlds for young children - from 
preschoolers to preteens - have not been studied as extensively. Yet 
statistics indicate that children worldwide are using the Internet at 
younger and younger ages, and are exploring a wide range of online 
environments including virtual worlds such as Neopets, Habbo Hotel, Club 
Penguin, Webkinz, BarbieGirls.com, MoshiMonsters etc.  Participation in 
such virtual worlds have been found to aid in the development of 
children's social, linguistic and technological skills, and to offer 
them enriching learning experiences, outlets for creative expression and 
opportunities for identity exploration. At the same time however, 
concerns about the potentially adverse impact of such virtual worlds 
prevail, be it moral panics about sexual grooming, fears of online 
addiction or more mundane worries about exposure to online advertising. 
While research on children's participation in virtual worlds is growing, 
clearly more light needs to be shed on the benefits and harms of 
children's participation in these engaging and increasingly popular 
multimedia environments.                      

This special issue of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research will 
explore children's participation in online virtual worlds, and focus 
specifically on the preschool to preteen group, from about 3 to 14 years 
of age. We welcome participation from a broad range of academic 
researchers and practitioners using a variety of theoretical and 
methodological approaches from such fields as communications, 
psychology, education, computer science, sociology, anthropology and 
marketing. Topics of interest are (but not limited to): 
*       typologies of children's virtual worlds 
*       ethnographies of children's use of virtual worlds 
*       avatar building, identity exploration and peer dynamics 
*       educational uses of children's virtual worlds 
*       lifestage analyses comparing experiences of children of 
different ages 
*       supervisory strategies of parents, guardians, teachers 
*       joint online activities of siblings and other family members 
*       family online activities in virtual worlds 
*       policy and public education responses 
*       industry self-regulation measures 
*       advertising and marketing to children in virtual worlds 
*       research methods and ethical issues 

Please submit a 500 word abstract to the guest editors as an e-mail 
attachment no later than 20 October, 2009. The five best abstracts will 
also be submitted as a panel for consideration  by the Children, 
Adolescents and the Media interest group of the International 
Communication Association 2010 conference (held from 22 - 26 June 2010 
in Singapore). Please include full contact information and a 
biographical note (up to 75 words) on each of the authors and indicate 
whether you wish to be considered for the ICA panel submission.  Authors 
of accepted abstracts will be notified by 10 November, 2009 and will 
then be invited to submit a full paper to the guest editors. Manuscripts 
should be no more than 8,000 words, including notes and references, 
conform to APA style, and submitted by 31 March , 2010.  All papers will 
be subject to anonymous peer review following submission. 

We also welcome submissions in the form of think pieces and interactive 
online exhibits with accompanying detailed descriptions, and other forms 
of scholarship. 

Important dates 
20 October 2009: Deadline for abstract submission 
10 November 2009: Announcement of results 
31 March 2010: Submission of full papers 
22-26 June 2010: ICA conference in Singapore 
September 2010: Publication of special issue 

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