Digital technology is now in all Australian homes. Families are aware of the challenges and issues digital technology presents and they need support in resolving the tensions created by technology to ensure it has a beneficial role in family life.
This compelling piece of new research offers intimate stories and insights that have important implications for parents and the technology industry, as well as for policymakers and researchers.
Find out how you can begin to consider your approach and better support Australian families as they manage the challenges presented by this new normal. Watch the video and then read the This Digital Home report.
In more than 450 unique responses, the phrase “screentime” was rarely used by the families participating in This Digital Home.
This Digital Home, supported by Facebook, is a social research program examining the changing aspect of technology for Australian families in staying connected, informed and healthy through social isolation.
This Digital Home has identified that parents and families need to share their stories, challenges and needs more – with each other, with those who build technology and those who govern technology. This report shows that at a household level there is work to be done to better support that parents, children and families benefit more from the presence of digital technology in their lives.
This Digital Home demonstrates that digital technology brings benefits to families, but that it can also have a range of negative impacts. Creators of technology and associated tools need to better understand those negative impacts and design solutions that reduce and eliminate them. There are many opportunities to improve and create new digital tools for families, and this report reasserts the importance of focusing on them.
This Digital Home gives insight into the ubiquitous presence of technology in homes and families' lives. These stories and responses from participants as part of this research shows that all areas of policy need to consider the impact and role digital technology plays when making future decisions. This is especially relevant in the current circumstances and post-pandemic. How can we design policy frameworks that maximise the benefits of technology for families?
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