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International Perspectives: Passive viewing – having fun, or deep learning?
Getting reactions from babies and toddlers is an instinctive urge: we tend to smile and make encouraging expressions and gestures in the hope of stimulating a positive response. And we like to see lively behaviour in older children such as laughter, ...READ MORE
International Perspectives: Protection or Punishment? Navigating Parental Control Apps for Keeping your Children Safe Online
Children are spending an unprecedented amount of time online each day via their smartphones and tablets. While the Internet has become an essential enabler for children to learn, have fun, and grow, there could be significant risks associated with ch...READ MORE
International Perspectives: Children and YouTube in school contexts – some reflections from the field of research
I have been studying the digitisation of schools for several years now. In Argentina, where I grew up, I analysed the changes in teaching and learning brought by a massive technology program that equipped each student with a laptop. Since moving to M...READ MORE
Television shows and e-games: Are children’s behaviour and brain development influenced by their digital technology use?
Electronic screens captivate children's attention in a way almost nothing else does, and technology is a ubiquitous and evolving part of children’s worlds. For children, screens were once only used to watch programs like Pl...READ MORE
International Perspectives: ‘It’s just things happening over time’ – What can we learn from the Play Observatory?
Some stones painted with rainbows and left on a doorstep, a child mirroring the cosmic yoga class on YouTube, a joint birthday party held in Minecraft, a video made by a 10-year-old which spelled out a simple truth: ‘It’s not a rap / It’s not a...READ MORE
‘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 t...READ MORE
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 definit...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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 consi...READ MORE
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 fo...READ MORE
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. ...READ MORE
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 underst...READ MORE
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, ...READ MORE
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? H...READ MORE