A major international research and policy event focusing on children's use of the internet is to be held in Dublin next month.
The Digital Youth Symposium, organised by Dr. Brian O'Neill, a DIT researcher, will take place on Friday November 2 at The Science Gallery in the city centre.
Expert speakers, including Jillian Van Turnhout, the independent Senator, and Billy Hawkes, the Data Protection Commissioner, will debate key research, education and policy issues.
The symposium will be opened by Frances Fitzgerald, the Minister for Children, and Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications, will conclude the event.
Aimed at a diverse audience of stakeholders - researchers, policy makers, industry leaders, educationalists and civil society groups - the symposium's main aim is to help reshape policy in the area of digital opportunities.
Organisers hope speakers will help contribute to an action plan on digital literacy, inclusion, opportunities and digital safety, and engage industry in the public and private sectors to support educational and civil society initiatives.
Ensuring digital policy reflects the best interests of children and young people and that national children's strategy adequately reflects the importance of digital technologies and communication in youngs lives, are also key areas which will be reflected on during the symposium.
The Digital Youth Symposium is hosted by the Digital Childhoods research project at Dublin Institute of Technology, and is run in association with Webwise, the Irish internet safety initiative, and EU Kids Online, with support from the Irish Research Council.
We will be live tweeting the event on the day from the hashtag #digitalkids. For more, check out the website digitalyouth.ie.