This research theme studies the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary childhood, examining the diverse array of opportunities for new modes of learning and socialization as well as risks posed for children and young people in Ireland today.

Current research, supported by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, is dedicated to improving understanding of ‘digital childhood’ through analysis of large datasets including EU Kids Online and Growing Up in Ireland. Research findings are intended to inform and guide policy action in education, awareness-raising, regulation and industry engagement.