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EdTech and business join the conversation in latest Digital Childhoods seminar

The second in a new series of public seminars brought together experts in children’s education technology. The second Digital Child x ACMI seminar was held on 26 October, bringing together education technology developers, industry experts and academics to discuss ‘Australian EdTech for Better Digital Childhoods’. The seminar is part of a series focused on digital […]

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Federal Education Minister launches Digital Child research centre

The world’s first dedicated research centre to create positive digital experiences for children from birth to age eight was officially launched by the Federal Education Minister Jason Clare at QUT in Brisbane today. The Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child is administered and based at QUT’s Education precinct in Kelvin Grove. The centre began its […]

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Parents and screen time: are you a ‘contract maker’ or an ‘access denier’ with your child?

Screen time was a battle for parents before COVID and it continues to be a battle, long after lockdowns have ended. The Royal Children’s Hospital March 2021 child health poll found too much screen time was parents’ number-one health concern about their kids, with more than 90% of surveyed parents saying it’s a problem. We […]

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Aussie parents struggle to scale back screentime post-lockdowns

Australian parents are struggling to curtail their children’s screentime following a sharp rise in the use of digital technologies during COVID-19 lockdowns, research shows. Technology related meltdowns are now erupting in some households as parents try to wrestle back control of the remote and wean their child off their devices. Deakin University academics led by […]

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New partnership tackles children’s privacy and digital rights

The first in a new series of public seminars brought together experts in digital privacy. The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child recently partnered with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to run a series of seminars focusing on various aspects of digital childhood. The first of the seminars, […]

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Relax, it’s just a ringlight for kids. Toys like the ‘vlogger set’ prepare them for a digital world

Recent outrage surrounding a young children’s toy “vlogger” set echoes moral panics of the past, particularly when words such as children, play and digital come together. Aldi recently released a new range of wooden toys, including the Vlogger set for children aged 3 and older. This set has sparked discussion on Twitter, including criticism. As […]

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New Centre policy to enhance digital futures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

A new policy at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child will ensure Indigenous research undertaken by the Centre ethically and positively serves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics Policy sets expectations, standards, and guidelines for conducting Indigenous research, from the conception of […]

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Digital Child researcher directs West Australian element of LEGO project examining wellbeing in kids

UNICEF and the LEGO Group, funded by the LEGO Foundation, have formed the Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children (RITEC) project to consider the creation of a digital world that prioritises the wellbeing of children.  Associate Professor Karen Murcia of Curtin University is directing the Western Australian element of this project. “Children today are growing […]

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Newly-opened UOW Children’s Technology Play Space will serve as an inspiration to use technology in smart and innovative ways

When the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child launched last year, times had never been more precarious for in-person relationships. The COVID-19 pandemic had thrust all of us into the digital space, whether we wanted it or not. Work, school, play and entertainment were all facilitated through technology. From Zoom calls, […]

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Professor Susan Danby named a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Professor Susan Danby, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, has been appointed a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) for her lifetime of work dedicated to children. Professor Danby joins 36 other social science experts in the 2021 round, and over 700 in total, who […]

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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.