18 October 2022

‘Young children’s rights to safe places, and what difference does the digital make?’

Presented by Professor Susan Danby

 School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology

Australian Research Council of Excellence for the Digital Child

Young children have the right to safe places to live. In considering young children’s rights in early childhood, how have understandings of what constitutes safe places for young children been influenced by constructions of childhoods, and what difference does living within a digital world mean for children and childhoods?

Professor Susan Danby is recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading experts in early years language and social interaction, childhood studies, and young children’s engagement with digital technologies. As Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, Susan leads a collective of national and international researchers and partners across government, business and the community to work towards the Centre’s vision – ensuring young children are healthy, connected and educated in a rapidly changing digital age.

Susan’s research career has been driven by this same vision and cross-disciplinary approach. Her research explores the everyday social and interactional practices of children, investigating their complex and competent work as they build their social worlds. Susan was an ARC Future Fellow and has had numerous ARC Discovery Projects. She has been a member of the ARC College of Experts and the Early Childhood Australia Digital Policy Group. Susan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Uppsala University in Sweden (2019) and was named a 2021 Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of her outstanding scholarly contributions to the fields of early childhood and digital technologies.

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