We integrate research into child health, education, and digital and social connectedness. Innovating across disciplines, our evidence-based research focuses on the opportunities, risks and innovations provided by digital technologies that can benefit children and their futures.

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Mission and priorities

Our vision is for Australian children to be healthy, educated and connected in a digital world.

Technology innovation

Evidence-based research and research dissemination to optimise children's use of digital technology.

Policy development

Policy recommendations to inform policy stakeholders about optimising children's digital experiences.

Educators

Curriculum and pedagogy recommendations to enable child-directed digital learning, participation and enjoyment.

Community stakeholders

We are a global first, focussing on children from birth to eight years of age with a detailed seven-year research program, including a longitudinal family cohort study with 3000 families.

The centre provides guidelines and resources for parents, educators and communities about safe and effective digital practices.

We undertake community and stakeholder engagement through centre activities that include the Children’s Technology Spaces, workshops and conferences, and outreach events.

Partnerships

The Centre is a collective of national and international partners across education, government, business and the community, all working together to achieve a singular vision.

We’re collaborating with a cohort of researchers from Australian universities, led by QUT and including Curtin University, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University, The University of Queensland and University of Wollongong.

Our partnerships with government agencies, technology developers, education sectors, policy makers and community groups will help us incorporate real-world insights and link our research to a wide range of real-world applications.

Research news

28 September

Can we trust our news sites? Australia’s media landscape goes under the microscope

It has taken the lives of millions worldwide and parts of Australia are in the grip of the Delta strain. COVID-19 has changed society and created a global infodemic, exacerbated by the expansion of the news industry to online says a new report from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI)

28 September

Tissue-engineered prostate tumours shed light on cancer spread

QUT-led research on the interaction between prostate cancer cells and the tumour microenvironment has shed more light on the propensity of some types of prostate cancer to metastasize to bone more readily than other types.

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