Horizon2020 research project 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 the EU and in EU/international policy-making.

Coordinated by the Oslo Metropolitan University – OsloMet – in Norway, the DigiGen project will develop 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. This will include a focus on educational institutions, the home, leisure time and children and young people’s civic participation.

DigiGen will provide 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 has the potential to 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 will combine 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.

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