Supporting young children growing up in a rapidly changing digital age.

Our vision is for Australian children to be healthy, educated and connected in a digital world.

Our program of research brings together national and international experts and partners to investigate children’s digital experiences, including a world-first study of 3000 Australian families and children from birth to eight years of age.

  • Healthy

    How do we balance the health risks of digital technologies against access to knowledge and social interactions that provide opportunity for positive physical, social and emotional wellbeing?

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  • Educated

    How do we harness digital technologies to optimise learning and access to knowledge through active interactions and development of engaging and thought-provoking technologies?

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  • Connected

    How do we balance access to social and knowledge connections in the digital world against risks of surveillance, infringements of privacy and child rights?

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  • Longitudinal Family Cohort Study

    Our global-first Longitudinal Family Cohort Study will investigate the extent, nature and ongoing effects of Australian children’s engagement with digital technologies. We aim to build new understandings to inform policy, innovation and practice; and offer solutions and opportunities for the diversity of Australian children, their families and society.

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The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Nations owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.

The Centre recognises that the examples we set in diversity and inclusion will support young children to respect and celebrate differences in all people. We embed diversity, inclusivity and equality into all aspects of the Centre’s activities and welcome all people regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and national origin.