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Conference on Digital Citizenship Education in Asia-Pacific

Google Asia Pacific in collaboration with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education; 2-3 March 2017, Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

 

There is an expressed need among Member States, developed and developing nations alike, to help youth develop digital citizenship competencies to better leverage the opportunities afforded by ICT for positive growth, as well as the capacity to manage corresponding risks. Educational programmes and policies that foster such competencies should be built upon an evidence-based understanding of children’s actual behaviour, experiences, issues and perceptions in the digital space. While previous research efforts concentrated mostly on the experience t of industrialized Western nations, research studies have been  conducted more recently by various organizations and countries to expand the knowledge base in the Asia Pacific region(e.g. Global Kids Online, WeProtect Global Alliance, ThinkYoung and Google’s Digital Resilience study, UNICEF Digital Landscape studies, etc.). However, a cross-national research study within the region is still lacking. As such, there is a need to create a comparative research framework and appropriate research tools specifically to guide education sector policies and programmes.

As the Digital Resilience: Empowering Youth Online study found, “there is a positive correlation between exposure to risk and the ability to employ effective coping strategies, which suggests that increasing a young person’s engagement with the online world fosters higher levels of digital resilience.” It is in this light that the UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau on Education and Google Asia Pacific are co-organizing the “Conference on Digital Citizenship Education in Asia-Pacific” on 2-3 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Key organizations will be invited to present their research findings and propose feasible action points to a multi-stakeholder audience that includes representatives from Member States, field experts, researchers, private organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

 

Meeting Objectives

The conference aims:

  1. To raise policy awareness on the importance of promoting an approach to digital citizenship that encompasses both empowering young people to leverage the opportunities afforded by ICT while also using it safely and responsibly

  2. To deliberate on the DKAP research framework for measuring children’s ICT competency levels, behaviours, perception, and challenges, with emphasis given to teachers’ digital capacity and students’ use of ICT for learning in education settings

  3. To develop a work plan for the DKAP study

  4. To engage participants in a regional collaborative network

 

Important Resources

Presentations

 

 

Session 1: DEFINITION - Keynote on Digital Citizenship
     ⇒ A holistic approach for empowering young users online by Daniel Kardefelt Winther, Research Coordinator - Children & ICT, UNICEF-Innocenti (pdf 1.1mb)


Session 2: STUDIES - Panel on Research Exploring Aspects of Digital Citizenship Moderator: Narayanan Sreenivas, DigiBaynihan

 


Session 3: PRACTICES - Digital Citizenship in Practice: Current Initiatives

Moderator: Dr. Amanda Third, Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney

  • Educator Rep: James Sayer, Head of Mathematics and IT Coordinator, Patumwan Demonstration School

 

 

 

Session 5:Keynote (Day 2)

  • Building a Knowledge Base on Digital Citizenship by Dr Amanda Third, Western Sydney University

 


Session 6.1 Introduction to Existing Frameworks

Conference on Digital Citizenship Education in Asia-Pacific, Google Asia Pacific in collaboration with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, 2-3 March 2017, Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/ict/current-projects/responsible-use-of-ict/digital-citizenship-education-in-asia-pacific/
Conference on Digital Citizenship Education in Asia-Pacific, Google Asia Pacific in collaboration with UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, 2-3 March 2017, Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/ict/current-projects/responsible-use-of-ict/digital-citizenship-education-in-asia-pacific/