The proposal 'Navigating the cross-contextual media landscape: Children’s and adolescent’s digital media use, development and (in)equality' has received a grant from the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA Theme: Youth and digitalisation).
In a strong consortium led by prof.dr. Liesbeth Kester, the centre for digital inclusion (prof.dr. Alexander van Deursen, dr. Hanneke Scholten, and a PhD student) will play an important role in studying the emergent and advanced digitalization for equality of opportunities for young children and early adolescents. The overall project focuses on today’s children and youth (C&Y) that are immersed in digital media in a full media landscape that surrounds them across contexts. The Covid pandemic revealed inequal opportunities for C&Y to use digital media. There are differences in digital media access, motivation/skills to use digital media, and support of key persons (e.g., parents/teachers/peers) herein. Understanding mechanisms in C&Y’s digital media use related to their development helps them and key persons to act in evidence-informed ways to reduce inequality. A better understanding of these factors is especially important during transition periods (i.e., from kindergarten to primary school or the early years in secondary school). During these periods, deviations in development could strongly impact C&Y’s opportunities. Our aim is that scientists, parents, professionals and C&Y understand the mechanisms that influence the relations between C&Y's digital media use, their development and opportunities. Furthermore, we want to develop skills and tools to support a positive impact of C&Y’s digital media use on development and equality of opportunities. This research project is innovative in taking the full cross-contextual media landscape into account, studying the impact of digital media use on development and equality of opportunities in a longitudinal perspective, at cognitive, social and identity level, combining longitudinal studies with experimental and/or ESM studies for insight in real-time processes in the daily lives of adolescents, including the role of key persons, individual dispositions and background factors in development and, adopting a knowledge-chain-wide research approach that combines fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research resulting in tested interventions/tools for practice.
The project will be launched early 2023 and more information will follow soon.