Digital Childhoods Seminar Series - Digital Literacy, Digital Opportunities

17 May 2012, 3.00-5.00pm
Seminar and panel discussion
Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street

14th May 2012: ‘Digital literacy’ or ‘e-skills’ is crucial to children’s use of the internet, as promoted by Europe’s Digital Agenda. The more digitally literate young people, the more they can gain from online opportunities. Yet, evidence from EU Kids Online shows that 9-16 year olds,  Ireland's 'digital natives', do not always take up the full range of activities or have the skills to exploit the potential of the online world.


This seminar will present further analysis of EU Kids Online findings on young people's use of internet technologies and will consider:

  • How do levels of digital literacy in Ireland compare to European counterparts?
  • What does media literacy policy mean for supporting young people's digital skills and potential?
  • How can education unlock creativity and digital literacy for maximum benefit?
  • How can industry, education and civil society assist young people better negotiate a digital 'ladder of opportunities'?

Speakers include:

  • Brian O'Neill, researcher, national contact for EU Kids Online network, PI for Digital Childhoods project (IRCHSS), DIT
  • Thuy Dinh, postdoctoral researcher, Digital Childhoods (IRCHSS), DIT
  • Jim Devine, Media Consultant, former President IADT
  • Anne White, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
  • Helen Doherty, IADT, Member of European Commission Media Literacy Expert Group
  • Helen Shaw Athena Media, Producer of "The Media Show", RTE Radio 1

Register online

Venue: The Boardroom, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street.
Arrive: from 2.30pm for tea or coffee. Starts at 3.00pm ends at 5.00pm.
Further information:  (402 3481)  or  (402 4173)
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Supported by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences

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