Research on the impact of digital transformations on children and youth – the digital generation (DigiGen)
COFACE Families Europe is part of a consortium together with eight research institutions 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 is uncovering both harmful and beneficial effects of technology in the everyday lives of children and young people and includes a focus on the family, educational institutions, leisure time and children and young people’s civic participation.
DigiGen provides 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:
- risk factors,
- resilience factors
- 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 project is developing scientific working papers, policy briefs, and policy and practice toolkits. To following have been published so far:
- Lorenz, T. & Kapella, O. (2020). Children’s ICT use and its impact on family life (DigiGen – working paper series No. 1)
- Ayllón, S. et al. (2020). ICT usage across Europe. A literature review and an overview of existing data. (DigiGen – working paper series No. 2).
- Ayllón, S., Holmarsdottir, H.B. & Lado, S. (2021). Digitally deprived children in Europe. (DigiGen – working paper series No. 3)