Everyday digital experiences of Australian families from migrant backgrounds

About the project

This project investigates how and why Australian families from migrant backgrounds engage with digital devices and platforms in different spheres of everyday life.

The digitisation of Australian family life is highly uneven and contextualised based on the families’ socioeconomic status, cultural backgrounds, and digital literacies. While families from migrant backgrounds have incorporated various forms of digital technology in their everyday life, their unique experiences and cultural imaginaries of digital media remain under-studied.

This project will generate new knowledge about migrant children’s digital needs and literacies and inform services and policies that better support and empower migrant communities in the digital age. Project findings will be shared with community organisations to co-develop culturally accessible resources for migrant parents.

Project aims:

  • Identify digital platforms and products used by migrant families, communities and institutions
  • Investigate how migrant community organisations and cultural institutions influence families’ everyday digital experiences
  • Understand migrant families’ views, needs, and literacies associated with using digital technologies
  • Explore the social, cultural and educational implications of digital engagement for migrant children across settings
  • Co-design culturally appropriate resources with community organisations and stakeholders for migrant families.
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