Educating 21st Century Children

Emotional Well-being in the Digital Age

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.

Published on October 01, 2019

In series:Educational Research and Innovationview more titles

SUMMARIESavailable in 10 languages

French Éduquer les enfants du XXIe siècle
Spanish Educación e infancia en el siglo XXI
German Bildung und Kindheit im XXI. Jahrhundert
Japanese 21 世紀の子どもたちの教育(要旨)
Italian Istruzione ed infanzia nel XXI secolo
Catalan, Valencian Educació i infància al segle XXI
Chinese 教育二十一世纪儿童
Dutch Kinderen opvoeden in de 21e eeuw
Korean 21 세기의 아동 교육
Portuguese Educação e infância no século XXI


Executive summary
Setting the stage: 21st century children3 chapters available
Childhood in the digital age
Children and digital technologies: Trends and outcomes
Trends in children’s emotional well-being
Children’s relationships in the 21st century4 chapters available
Parenting and friendships in the 21st century
Online and offline relationships
Digital parenting and the datafied child
The social context of adolescent relationships
Online opportunities and risks: Ensuring child well-being3 chapters available
Children's time online and well-being outcomes
Youth inequalities in digital interactions and well-being
Child protection online
Children as digital citizens: Policies and partnerships to foster digital literacy and resilience3 chapters available
Fostering digital literacy and well-being
Empowering an active and ethical (digital) generation
Building capacity: Teacher education and partnerships
The pending agenda1 chapter available
Ensuring child well-being in a digital world: The pending agenda
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