Our latest study on the changing aspect of technology for Australian families

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A new social research program is examining the changing aspect of the role of technology for Australian families in staying connected, informed and healthy through social isolation and how attitudes have changed over time. 

This Digital Home is a social research project designed and conducted in partnership with Facebook. Australian families will share their experiences of living in social isolation, what they have learnt, how it has impacted their lives and the role technology has played in shaping their experience.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation Digital Innovation Advisor, Dan Donahoo, said this is the first of its kind.

“We always hear data about children, families and technology in numbers – hours spent, percentage of time, number of cyber bullying incidents,” he says.

“But we rarely see what technology looks like in homes; we don't often get the story of how it works best for families. We’re moving beyond screen time to ask what are the beneficial aspects of technology for supporting family wellbeing and how can they be improved. We want to find ways to strengthen social cohesion amongst families and the wider community, particularly as families continue to adjust with the ‘new normal’ of social distancing.”

“Facebook is pleased to support this important research, we know families are increasingly turning to technology and social platforms to stay connected, educated and informed, but having access to qualitative insights on how families are continually evolving and how they want to take these changes into the future will be extremely beneficial”, says Mia Garlick, Director of Policy for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Facebook.

The Foundation has recruited 30 families across Australia to participate in a four-week project covering four areas of family relationships, health and wellbeing, doing for others and play and learning. We are inviting the community to participate by engaging with each week on a different topic on our Facebook Page and providing their own insights and stories of digital family life.

Families respond by taking photos, videos and/or sharing anecdotes. This qualitative research process goes beyond the numbers and provides us with a full picture of the various perspectives and nuances across a diverse study of families and their experiences. The final report will be published later in the year.

For more information, please phone Deb Morris on 0499 202 001 or email deb.morris@amf.org.au

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