WG1: Digital literacy in homes and communities

Working Group 1: Digital literacy in homes and communities

The WG has the following objectives:

Original Mission Statement:

The WG will identify the current state of knowledge on young children’s digital literacy and multimodal practices in homes and communities, including synthesising research on parental support of children’s digital literacy development. It will consider issues such as the digital divide and the impact of socio-economic status, ethnicity, identity status (e.g. refugee/immigrant/ indigenous), gender, language, physical ability on digital literacy development. It will examine emergent technologies and their impact for the early years of childhood. It will explore the status of digital literacy in early childhood in European cultures. Finally, the WG will identify the future research agenda in this area and examine the implications of all of the areas investigated for policy in relation to education, parenting and the media industry.


Literature review

We conduct literature reviews focusing on the digital literacies of young children in homes. This activity is led by Kristiina Kumpulainen (University of Helsinki) and Julia Gillen (Lancaster University). We have written a literature review, focusing on the digital literacies of young children in homes.  The report can be viewed HERE.   

Parenting for the digital future: tips and tricks

The objective of this project is to offer realistic tips and tricks for those parenting or otherwise caring for children aged 0-6.  We seek to empower parents and carers in homes and communities to be confident participants in their children’s digital activities through co-use, co-creation and thoughtful mediation. This research strand is led by Nicolette Vittadini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano) and Donell Holloway (Edith Cowan University)

A day in the digital lives of 0-3 year olds

The aim of this study is to identify the way in which digital technologies inform the daily lives of children aged from birth to 3 in a number of European countries. Very few studies consider this age group, yet there is increasing evidence that children are embedded in a digital environment from birth. The study uses “A Day in the Life” methodology, appropriately adapted. This research strand is led by Julia Gillen (Lancaster University).


Gillen, J., Matsumoto, M., Aliagas, C., Bar Lev, Y., Clark, A., Flewitt, R., Jorge, A., Kumpulainen, K., Marsh, J., Morgade, M., Pacheco, R., Poveda, D., Sairenen, H., Sandberg, H., Scott, F., Sjöberg, U., Sundin, E., Tigane, I. & Tomé, V. (2019) A Day in the Digital Lives of Children Aged 0-3. Full report. DigiLitEY ISCH COST Action 1410 Working Group 1: Digital Literacy in Homes and Communities. ISBN: 978-0-902831-53-7. March. 74pp.

Gillen, J. et. al. (2018) A Day in the Digital Lives of Children aged 0-3. Summary report by DigiLitEY ISCH COST Action IS1410 Working Group 1 “Digital literacy in homes and communities.”

Kumpulainen, K. and Gillen, J. (2017) Young Children’s Digital Literacy Practices in the Home: A Review of the Literature. COSTACTION ISI1410 DigiLitEY. ISBN: 9780902831469


WG1 meeting report Riga June 2018

Tips and Tricks for Digital Parenting Bologna 2017

Record of Working Group Meeting – Bologna 31st August 2017

‘A day in the life’ by Dr Julia Gillen, presented at the 3rd DigiLitEY Meeting in Cyprus, 17/18 March 2016

Summary working group 1, 2016-03-18

WG 1 presentation 18th March 2016

WG1: Digital literacy in homes and communities

WG2: Digital literacy in early years settings, schools and informal learning spaces

WG3: Reading and Writing on Screen

WG4: Online/ Offline Practices

WG5: Methodologies

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