What is the nature of childhood today? On a number of measures, modern children’s
lives have clearly improved thanks to better public safety and support for their physical
and mental health. New technologies help children to learn, socialise and unwind,
and older, better-educated parents are increasingly playing an active role in their
children's education. At the same time, we are more connected than ever before, and
many children have access to tablets and smartphones before they learn to walk and
talk. Twenty-first century children are more likely to be only children, increasingly
pushed to do more by “helicopter parents” who hover over their children to protect
them from potential harm. In addition to limitless online opportunities, the omnipresent
nature of the digital world brings new risks, like cyber-bullying, that follow children
from the schoolyard into their homes.This report examines modern childhood, looking
specifically at the intersection between emotional well-being and new technologies.
It explores how parenting and friendships have changed in the digital age. It examines
children as digital citizens, and how best to take advantage of online opportunities
while minimising the risks. The volume ends with a look at how to foster digital literacy
and resilience, highlighting the role of partnerships, policy and protection.