DIGYMATEX to develop new tools to determine long-term effects of using mobile devices on child behaviour

The international DIGYMATEX consortium plans to provide evidence-based tools to assist in understanding and determining children’s digital maturity. The DIGYMATEX Project will hold its opening conference in Aarhus, Denmark on March 2–3, 2020.

The four-and-a-half-year project aims to provide clear evidence on how the digital maturity of children aged 9–16 impacts their behaviour, when they are using information and communication technologies (ICT) and what long-term effects the use of these technologies has on children’s well-being.

“Digital technology has great impact on the entire society, but so far there hasn’t been a real attempt to set clear indicators to measure the usage of mobile devices and information technology by children in order to understand which activities are beneficial or harmful,” says Associate Professor Marco Hubert from the Department of Management at Aarhus University, who is the coordinator of DIGYMATEX.

Hubert adds that DIGYMATEX will offer concrete solutions that will contribute to a safer and more beneficial use of digital technologies by children to formulate recommendations in support of national and European policies in this field.

DIGYMATEX aims to develop innovative tools to benefit various stakeholders, including children, parents, school administrators and teachers, scientists, the business sector and policy makers.

Among others, DIGYMATEX plans to develop the Digital Youth Maturity Index (DYMI), an innovative tool that will establish and implement a comprehensive understanding and taxonomy of children’s digital maturity.

DIGYMATEX will also develop a technology-related solution and recommendation program for parents, schools and policy based on three levels – individual, social and national.

The project applies an inter-disciplinary, multi-method approach by integrating and connecting expertise, methods and knowledge from different research areas such as business management, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, media and information systems.

DIGYMATEX, which has received €3.45 million through the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, is comprised of 12 partner organisations from leading universities, research institutions and technology companies in 10 countries, including Denmark, Germany, Austria, Spain, Norway, Greece, the Netherlands, Ireland, Israel and France.

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