Working Group 4: Young children’s online digital literacy practices and their relationship to offline literacy practices


Original Mission Statement:

The WG will identify the current state of knowledge on young children’s online digital literacy practices and the relationship between their online and offline literacy practices. It will identify research on issues relating to internet safety. It will develop new theories for literacies in virtual spaces and for explaining the relationship between online/ offline literacy domains. It will synthesise research on children’s digital literacy in virtual worlds and their augmented reality play. 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.


DigiLitEY Special Issue of Media Education: Studi, Ricerche, Buone Practiche, ISSN 2038-3002 – Vol. 7, n. 2, anno 2016, pp. V-VIII, Young Children, Touchscreens and Literacy Practice, Edited by Giovanna Mascheroni, Chair of WG4, and Piermarco Aroldi,

DigiLitEY publication with Joint Research Council, EU Commission, Kaleidoscope on the Internet of Toys: Safety, security, privacy and societal insights [Full Report]

See the YouTube introduction:

Marsh, J., Mascheroni, G., Carrington, V., Árnadóttir, H., Brito, R., Dias, R., Kupiainen, R. and Trueltzsch-Wijnen, C. (2017) The Online and Offline Digital Literacy Practices of Young Children: A Review of the Literature. COST ACTION IS1410.  [Full Report]

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