Research grant to keep kids safe online

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Research investigating how to best keep young children safe online has been awarded a $365,211 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant.

Professor Lelia Green and Dr Donell Holloway from ECU’s School of Communications and Arts, Professor Sonia Livingstone (London School of Economics) and Dr Brian O’Neill (Dublin Institute of Technology) will examine family practices and attitudes around very young children’s internet use in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Professor Green said children aged between zero and five are experiencing an extraordinary shift in media consumption.

“They intuitively swipe screens and press buttons on tablet computers and smartphones, using apps and accessing the internet,” she said.

“With an estimated five-fold increase in their tablet usage from 2012 to 2013, there is an urgent need for research and policy development to maximise benefit and minimise risk,” Professor Green said.

The research is expected to contribute to the public debate and evidence-based policy in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. It aims to develop recommendations for policy makers and offer guidelines for parents of three age groups: zero to one, two to three and four to five.

(Source: Edith Cowan University)

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Date Created: December 4, 2014