The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital technologies for both work and education. It has accelerated technological changes that were already undergoing and has demonstrated that an extensive use of digital platforms on a daily basis (smart working, distance learning, and more) has both positively and negatively impacted on families.
The 2021 observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the impacts of such new technologies on the well-being of families. It follows-up on the theme of the 59th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all”.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Inclusive Social Development will be celebrating the occasion with an online webinar on Friday 14 May, 10:00 – 11:30 NY time (16:00 – 17:30 CEST). During the webinar, the research paper “Technology use and families: implications for work-family balance and parenting education” will be presented. You can find all the details about the event and its speakers in the programme.
Here on Better Internet for Kids (BIK), we focus on the role of families in the online world to make sure, for example, that the family unit is working together to ensure all members can use the internet safely and responsibly. If you would like to learn more on the topic, we suggest reading the following resources:
- “Parenting and digital media” was a focus of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021. The Norwegian Safer Internet Centre tackled the dilemma that parents face between seeing digital media as a new source of learning and the potentially excessive screen time.
- “Online games: useful tips for parents”: the Cypriot Safer Internet Centre has provided useful tips to guide parents in the supervision of their children’s online gaming activities.
- On the same topic of online gaming, the Danish Safer Internet Centre launched a range of useful materials and activities as their focus for Safer Internet Day 2021.
- Online learning can be quite challenging for youth and children at times. The Greek Safer Internet Centre has explored the most challenging aspects of distance learning.
Learn more about the International Day of Families on the United Nations website. Connect with Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe for additional support on online safety challenges for families. You can find useful tools for parents, carers and families in the resource repository and the guide to apps here on the Better Internet for Kids portal.