Research on the impact of digital transformations on children and youth – the digital generation (DigiGen)

COFACE Families Europe has joined a consortium of researchers to support the dissemination of their research results into policy and practice across Europe.

Coordinated by the Oslo Metropolitan University – OsloMet – in Norway, the DigiGen project is developing significant knowledge about how children and young people use and are affected by the technological transformations in their everyday lives. The research will uncover both harmful and beneficial effects of technology in the everyday lives of children and young people and includes a focus on educational institutions, the home, leisure time and children and young people’s civic participation.

DigiGen is providing new knowledge about the barriers and opportunities that children from a variety of backgrounds experience in relation to technology. The project will develop effective social, educational, health and online safety policies and practices in collaboration with national and international stakeholders.

DigiGen will significantly contribute to the development of explanatory models that will inform relevant stakeholders and practitioners on the long-term effects of ICT on child development and on practices that uncover a range of factors:

  1. risk factors,
  2. resilience factors
  3. enhancing factors

The project combines various research methods to develop new robust participatory methodologies for including children and young people as co-researchers, co-creators and co-designers. The diverse and innovative data collection methods include a mixed-methods study design and methodological triangulation, multisite and comparative ethnographic studies, multimodal approach, interviews and diaries. The diverse research team for this Horizon 2020 project comes from nine European countries.

COFACE is leading the part of the project which focuses on the societal impact and scientific and public engagement. Working closely with the consortium and various stakeholders, COFACE’s role is to ensure the visibility and expected impact of the project by coordinating the dissemination activities and implementing an effective impact strategy.

The kick-off meeting of the project took place in Oslo on 6th February 2020. The first working papers of the project will be published towards the end of this year, however, the majority of the research results will become available from the second half of 2021 until the end of the project in November 2022.

You can find more information about DigiGen on their website www.digigen.eu or find them on social media on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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