Inaugural Digital Childhoods Summit addresses children’s wellbeing and safety

In the photo: Lucy Thomas OAM (PROJECT ROCKIT), Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner), and Professor Michael Dezuanni (Digital Child & QUT). 

The Safety panel discussion responded to the question: How might we ensure the safety of young children using digital technologies?

Over seventy people gathered in Canberra today for the Digital Child’s inaugural Digital Childhoods Summit. 

The Digital Childhoods Summit is concerned with children’s wellbeing and safety within the digital world. 

With a focus on policy and practice, the Summit is a peak meeting of the many key stakeholders – including government, regulators, industry, and the community sector – who care for children and their digital lives.

Panellists for the first day included:

Panellists on the second day are:

The result of the Summit will be a landscape report, articulating the current opportunities and challenges for supporting children’s wellbeing and safety within the digital world. It will be released in late July. 

The Digital Child would like to thank our Summit steering committee for their contributions to the event. The Steering Committee was comprised of Professor Simon Smith (Chair), John Livingstone (UNICEF Australia), Jackie Coates (Telstra Foundation), Ainsleigh Hawke & Kelly Tallon (Office of the eSafety Commissioner), and Benjamin French (SNAICC).

In the photo: Attendees listen to Dale Murray (Life without Barriers), Heather Spaccavento (The Smith Family), Taryn Marks (Career Trackers), and Professor Grace Sarra (Digital Child & QUT). 

The Inclusion panel responded to the question: How might we address inequality in access to digital technologies?