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‘Technology as the Beach’ – how a new way of thinking about children’s use of digital technologies may lead to better outcomes for children

Children’s use of digital technology such as tablet computers, mobile phones and TVs is a hot topic of community interest. However, parents and professionals working with children and families currently receive conflicting messages about how best to use technologies with young children. Media reports highlight the potential physical, mental and social wellbeing risks of children […]

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Defining digital technology

The core work of the Centre focuses on children ‘growing, learning and connecting with digital technology that is rapidly evolving and changing’. As a foundation to this, we have drawn on research and literature to develop a contemporary definition of digital technology. This work has been motivated by the need to be clear about what […]

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TikTok and tweens: How do young people and their parents view social media use?

Each month, the Centre’s HDR students meet as the Journal Club to discuss a topical piece of literature around digital childhoods. The Journal Club offers a space for higher degree by research students to discuss research theories, strategies, and methodologies relevant to early childhood research. This includes discussion of how research students would like to […]

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Has the pandemic called time on ‘screentime’? Parents’ and caregivers’ hopes for post-pandemic family media practices

In the wake of intensified screen media use while locked down in homes for long stretches, parents can now take stock of their experiences and chart a vision for post-pandemic family media practices. This is a unique opportunity for parents to consider what digital technologies they will welcome (or tolerate) in their homes, and how […]

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Integrating digital technologies into ECEC programs

Digital technology, when integrated in meaningful ways for children, is a valued tool in early childhood education. For example, outcome 5 (Children are effective communicators) of Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia states that “Children benefit from opportunities to explore their world using technologies and to develop confidence with digital […]

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Autistic children and digital technologies: How are we connected?

On 2 April, we celebrate World Autism Day, and it is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the everyday experiences of children on the autism spectrum. Digital technologies are increasingly part of the daily lives of many children on the spectrum. Despite the growing number of studies suggesting the benefits of digital technology use, much […]

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Selecting apps to encourage imaginative play

We know how important play is for young children’s cognitive and social development. Imaginative or make-believe play is particularly important as children explore, experiment and manipulate as they construct knowledge and demonstrate their understanding of the world. Parents frequently ask us, “what are good apps to get for my child?” A reasonable question, but unfortunately […]

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What is digital citizenship and how can Australian children learn about it?

Digital citizenship is a term that describes the knowledge and skills individuals require to successfully participate in societies where digital media and technologies play a central role in daily life. It is important for entertainment and leisure, learning and education, employment, and for social, cultural and civic participation. The concept of digital citizenship brings together […]

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The Digital Child Centre has just celebrated its first birthday!

The Digital Child Centre has just celebrated its first birthday! An excellent milestone to launch our Centre blog. We heard your questions about young children and digital technologies, and we listened. How can technology help my child to learn? How do I know good digital engagement from bad? How much technology is good for my […]

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The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian 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.