Following 3 years of EU Horizon 2020 research on the impact of digital transformations on children and youth, the “Digital Generation”, fresh insights and recommendations will be presented during the breakfast byte for use by families, practitioners, policy-makers, and key industries. DigiGen starts putting a language to what we see, as a society, about children and young people’s everyday digital realities. Instead of relying on moral panics and paternalistic presumptions, we respond to what hundreds of children and young people are telling us about their everyday digital lives.
It is clear that the digital generation is made up of active digital citizens who can be resilient and responsible participants in the digital civic space if adequately supported and recognised accordingly across their ecosystem: through schools, leisure time, families, and other civic spaces. This can be done by employing a more holistic, child-rights-friendly approach to digital access and competency. Namely that all children across Europe should have:
• Access to digital devices, connectivity, and to a digital environment that enables their active participation as digital citizens
• Room to develop competency across digital skills, media literacy, and social competences
Achieving this relies on proper governance distribution between EU and national regulation, industry self-regulation, and awareness raising.
8th February 2023 from 9.30-11.00 CET
Halla Holmarsdottir, Professor, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University. Coordinator Horizon 2020 research ‘The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation (DigiGen)’.
Holly Shorey, Project and advocacy officer, COFACE Families Europe. Impact manager of DigiGen.