Empowering Young Children in the Digital Age

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Digitalisation is transforming education as well as social and economic life, with implications for childhood. Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), with its immense potential to shape children’s early development, learning and well-being, can play a major role in addressing the opportunities and risks that digitalisation brings to young children. Digitalisation also creates new ways of working that have the potential to lead to quality improvement in the ECEC sector. This report provides a 360-degree view of the challenges of digitalisation in ECEC and possible policy responses.


Protecting young children in digital environments

This chapter considers policy efforts to protect young children in digital environments, with a specific focus on the role of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Building on the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Children in the Digital Environment (2021), it explores the ways in which three groups of key actors can be supported to fulfil their respective roles. First, the chapter considers policy measures to engage digital service providers in efforts to keep young children safe in the digital world. Next, it examines the role of parents and families, and how governments can best support and advise them about safeguarding young children against digital risks. Finally, the chapter investigates the complex and expanding role ECEC professionals play in supporting young children in navigating digital opportunities and risks and outlines policy actions underway to do so.




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