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Perth set to host international conference exploring children and the internet

How social media is birthing a new generation of child stars, immobile children using mobile devices, and vlogging of family life are just some of the topics up for discussion at an international conference investigating children and the internet.

The Digitising Early Childhood International Conference, hosted by Edith Cowan University (ECU), will return to the Novotel Langley Hotel Perth from 9 – 13 July 2018, bringing with it top researchers from around the world.

ECU Professor of Communications Lelia Green’s keynote address explores how 0 – 5 year-olds use the internet and whether parents are prepared for the digital challenges ahead.

“There are steps that parents of young children can take to help their child enjoy a positive relationship with the digital world. However, they need to be aware that their own digital habits may be sending very different signals to their kids,” Professor Green said.

She will also argue for the benefits of skills development and social connectedness for young children online, and whether restrictions like internet filters are helpful or whether they prevent children from developing the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

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