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Northeastern University’s Dr. Meryl Alper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, will be speaking at PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020, the oldest children and youth television festival worldwide – this year, taking place in a virtual format. Dr. Alper will be speaking as part of an Info Night called Children, Media and COVID-19, which will explore the radical change in children’s lives this global pandemic has caused. She will speak on children on the autism spectrum and media in the age of COVID-19, a theme that is present in Dr. Alper’s research, which explores the social and cultural implications of communication technologies, with a focus on disability and digital media, children and families’ technology use, and mobile communication.

The Info Night, hosted on June 7, will explore key questions such as: How do children in different world regions feel, what do they know about the coronavirus, and how can children’s media help them deal with this extraordinary situation?

To help answer these questions, leading up to the festival, an international study in 42 countries with more than 4,300 children was conducted, which Dr. Alper participated in.

Please join the worldwide live streaming session (Sunday, June 7, 4 – 6 p.m. UTC /12 – 2 p.m. EST) on the Prix Jeunesse website: