The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child will be led by QUT’s Faculty of Education and involving five other Australian universities. The project will be funded by a $34.9 million ARC grant with an additional $32.2 million in cash- and in-kind support from its 32 national and international academic and industry partners that include both Lego Australia and Google Australia.
Located in the new Education Precinct at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, the Centre will lead national and international research documenting what life is like when born into the digital age. The Director of the new Centre, QUT Professor Susan Danby, said it was a global first that would focus on children from birth to eight years of age with a detailed seven-year research program, including a longitudinal family cohort study with 3000 families.
The three key research areas that the Centre will focus on are:
Health: balancing risks of using digital technology against benefits, such as access to knowledge, social interaction, sleep and physical activity, relaxation and entertainment.
Education: using digital technologies to optimise learning and develop engaging and thought-provoking new technologies.
Connectedness: balancing social and knowledge connections in the digital world against risks of surveillance, infringements of privacy and children’s rights.
QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil believe that this Centre is testament to QUT’s history in developing cutting-edge educational research and the University’s interest in understanding the impact of technology, both now and into the future.
Find out more information on The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child