Success at the inaugural Digitising Early Childhood

Media and Cultural Studies

ECU’s first Digitising Early Childhood International Conference successfully wrapped up on Thursday, 14 September.

Seventy-five delegates from 11 countries gathered to share research on children’s digital lives. The international keynotes were Professors Jackie Marsh (Sheffield, UK), Sonia Livingstone, (LSE, UK) and Brian O’Neill (DIT, Ireland), alongside Australian research leaders Donell Holloway (ECU School of Arts and Humanities), Caroline Barratt-Pugh (ECU School of Education) and Tama Leaver (Curtin).

Delegates are already planning a return visit in 2018, for more discussion of young children’s lives online. Jackie Marsh, who leads the European Commission’s 34-country €1.2M COST Action on Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practices of Young Children, invited the conference to plan a joint meeting in 2020 alongside the Action’s final conference in Manchester, UK.

This inaugural event arose out of an ARC Discovery Project on 0-5s online with Lelia Green and Donell Holloway as Chief Investigators and Sonia Livingstone and Brian O’Neill as Partner Investigators. The ARC was the major conference sponsor, supported by the Schools of Education at Curtin and ECU, and the School of Arts and Humanities and CREATEC at ECU.

Clive Barstow, Dean of Arts and Humanities closed the conference, and special thanks were paid to Kelly Jaunzems and Nadia Nelson for their organising skills. The conference Twitter feed, captures some of the excitement and interest generated.