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Growing up Digital Australia: Phase 2 technical report

May 14, 2021

The Gonski Institute for Education at the University of New South Wales recently released a research report titled, “Growing up Digital Australia: Phase 2 technical report”. The report reveals digital media and technologies as a great distraction in Australian family life. Parents identify digital technologies as useful in staying connected with their children and keeping them safe but three-quarters think it’s difficult to control their child’s digital use.

The most worrying finding according to Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute for Education, is that around a third of parents surveyed allow their children to use their digital device after bedtime every day and three in five children who struggle in school regularly sleep with their digital gadgets. Half of parents surveyed for the study said they would welcome more support from their child’s school to help them and their child to manage digital media and technologies use at home. 

Go to Growing Up Digital Australia Phase 2 Results: Children more distracted by digital devices in the home say parents | Gonski Institute for Education - UNSW Sydney