Date & Time
November 23, 20234:30 - 5:30pm
LocationHyatt Hotel, Canberra
2023 Cunningham Lecture | Distinguished Professor Susan Danby FASSA
Risks and opportunities: Building social contexts for young children’s digital interactions
Exploring the complex intersection between young children and digital technologies begins with understanding children’s participation within social contexts involving their digital interactions. With the rapid advancement of technology, young children are increasingly engaging with digital devices and platforms. Concerns over passive consumption often override opportunities for young children to actively participate in their digital worlds. Creating collaborative social contexts can support children’s digital experiences to be educational, and encourage critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. We delve into the importance of providing young children with digital tools that enhance their social worlds, promote collaboration, and enable meaningful connections with peers, families and others. We will explore various strategies and best practices for creating safe and supportive social contexts for children’s digital interactions, encompassing considerations such as digital citizenship education, parental involvement, and data and privacy. In unravelling the world of young children and digital technologies, we consider how we can proactively shape social contexts in which they navigate the digital landscape. We have the potential to empower a future generation of digitally literate global citizens.