Australian Steering Committee
Edith Cowan University, Australia
Barratt-Pugh is Professor and director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education Group in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University. She has been involved in teaching and research in the UK and Australia as both a practitioner and an academic. She has directed a number of National and local research projects and has published books and journal articles as well as stakeholder reports. She is the director of the evaluation of Better Beginnings Family Literacy program in WA (2005 – 2017) and is currently director of the evaluation of KindiLink a supported playgroup for Aboriginal children in WA. Engagement with all education sectors in WA, early childhood professionals, parents and other key stakeholders has resulted in recommendations for both policy and practice, informing outcomes for early childhood across Western Australia. This includes the development of the WA Pre-Primary reporting policy and the WA Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines for WA schools.
Edith Cowan University, Australia
Dr Donell Holloway is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow based at Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia. Her most significant contributions are generally clustered around issues of ICTs and everyday family life—with particular reference to children. She is lead author of EU Kids Online report Zero to Eight: Young Children and their Internet Use and has authored or co-authored over 50 refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She is currently a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council grants, Digital Play: Social network sites and the well-being of young children, and Toddlers and tablets: exploring the risks and benefits 0-5s face online.
Murdoch University, Australia
Dr Catherine Archer is a researcher and lecturer specialising in social media and strategic communication at Murdoch University. Catherine’s current research interests include social media, particularly related to families and health. She has presented on social media to a variety of industry groups including WA public servants and communications consultants. Catherine has published in academic journals and presented at many international conferences. Prior to working as an academic, Catherine had more than 15 years in industry, working in health services marketing management as well as public relations, communications and consulting.
Edith Cowan University, Australia
Lelia Green is Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, and has served on the International Advisory Panel of the “EU Kids Online” project and as a Management Committee Observer of the European Commission-funded “Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health Cost Action IS1410: The Digital Literacy and Multimodal Practice of Young Children (0-5)”. As part of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Creative industries and Innovation, she led a research project in Australia with 400 families that paralleled the EU Kids Online qualitative investigation with 25,142 participants. She is the author of Communication, Technology and Society (Sage, 2002) and The Internet (Berg 2010). Her most recent funded research, with Dr Donell Holloway, Professor Sonia Livingstone and Professor Brian O’Neill, examines parental practice and institutional policy making around the digital lives of babies and children aged 0-5.
Curtin University, Australia
Michele Willson is a Professor in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Western Australia. She is interested in broad questions around technology and sociality, online communities, social and casual gaming, and implications of algorithms and code for the everyday. Her publications include Technically Together: Rethinking Community within Techno-Society; A New Theory of Information and the Internet: Public Sphere meets Protocol (with Mark Balnaves); and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (co-edited with Tama Leaver).
Curtin University, Australia
Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and frequent expert media commentator. His research interests include online identity, social media, digital death, infancy online, mobile gaming and the changing landscape of media distribution. He has published in a number of journals including Popular Communication,Media International Australia, First Monday, Comparative Literature Studies, Social Media and Society,Communication Research and Practice and theFibreculture journal, and is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012); co-editor of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) with Mike Kent; and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) with Michele Willson. He has been awarded teaching awards from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and in 2012 received a national Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts.
Curtin University, Australia
Karen Murcia (PhD) is Deputy Head School of Education at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. She champions STEM Education and leadership practices in the sector. Her research has focused on multimodal interactive teaching and learning in digitally enhanced learning environments. She is currently leading research in Early Childhood integrated STEM with a focus on numeracy and digital technologies. She works extensively in research partnerships that engage teachers and educators with the process of designing, implementing and evaluating new strategies for improving teaching and children’s learning outcomes. Furthermore, Dr Murcia is a board member of Scitech the preeminent Science Centre in WA and Child Australia, which is a not for profit early years care and education organisation dedicated to improving developmental outcomes and raising the status of children in our society.
International Steering Committee
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Becky Pham (MA, National University of Singapore) is currently working as a Researcher at Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Her research interests include media and family communication, media and migration, and cognition of out-of-home television. Her research has been published in international journals such as New Media & Society as well as in notable edited volumes.
Erna Mariana Susilowardhani
Tanri Abeng University, Jakarta
Erna Mariana Susilowardhani, M.Si. has graduated from Department of Communications Science, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Indonesia. Currently she is working as a lecturer in Communications Science Study Program, Tanri Abeng University, Jakarta, Indonesia. Her main research interest, especially in strategic communications, media studies, consumer behavior, and the study of human relations in the context of communication studies. Additionally, she is interested in children’s media, and also related to the media literacy. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Kate Orton-Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests relate to intersections between technology, culture and everyday life. Her currently work focuses on the ways in which we "detox" ourselves from social media and the processes and meanings of disconnecting from digital culture. She also publishes on Digital leisure, in particular blogging and vlogging. This work currently focuses on the ways in which Motherhood is articulated represented and resisted online. She is co Editor of the collection ‘Digital Sociology: Critical Perspectives’ (Palgrave) and teaches on Digital Theory, Digital Culture and Digital Society across the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Curriculum at Edinburgh.
Miami University, Ohio
Lena is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Miami University of Ohio, USA. She earned the doctorate of early childhood education in Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and the D.E.A of Comparative Women's Studies at Paris VIII University, France. Her foci of research, teaching, and professional service are on education and lives of young children who are socially and culturally marginalized in various global contexts. Her research interests include media and young children and multicultural education/teacher education. She was the first awardee of Emerging Scholar Award of American Educational Research Association (AERA), Critical Perspective of Early Childhood Education SIG. She has been elected as the Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, & Wisconsin) Representative at the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and as the Vice present of The Korean-American Early Childhood Education Researchers Association (KECERA). She also serves as co-representative of the Region 2 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, & Wisconsin) at OMEP-USA (Organisation Mondial Pour L’Education Prescolaire) World Assembly and International Conference. Her works have been published in well-known journals such as Multicultural Education, Journal of Interactive Online Learning, Journal of Early Childhood Research, and Early Childhood Education Journal.
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Brian O’Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology, is a researcher of young people’s use of digital technologies, online safety and policy for the digital environment. He has conducted research for the European Commission, UNICEF, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He is a member of the EU Kids Online network and leads the project in Ireland. He is a member of Ireland's Internet Safety Advisory Committee where he also chaired the Irish government’s task force on Internet Content Governance. In 2014, he undertook an independent assessment of internet safety for the ICT Coalition. He is the co-author of Towards a Better Internet for Children? Policy Pillars, Players and Paradoxes (2014).
Fiona L. Scott
The University of Sheffield / Sheffield Hallam University
Fiona Scott is a Lecturer in Childhood / Early Childhood and a mixed methods researcher in the field of Early Childhood. She is concerned with very young children’s digital play and learning on and off screen.
Her areas of expertise include: digital literacy; traditional and critical developmental approaches to childhood; social class; and research methodology.
Her PhD thesis is a collaboration with UK preschool content provider, CBeebies, and concerns preschool children’s engagements with television and related media at home, paying particular attention to how social class is implicated in these engagements.
University of Maryland, USA
Priya Kumar is a doctoral student at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, USA, where she studies the intersection of families, technology use, and privacy. Specifically, she examines how parents shape their children's digital footprints by sharing information about children online. She has published in the ACM's CSCW and CHI conferences, the journal Media and Communication, and in popular media outlets, including Slate and Time magazines. She has received funding from the University of Maryland to study how parents' social media habits change over time. Find Priya on Twitter @DearPriya and at priyakumar.wordpress.com.
Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC), Jönköping University
Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT), Curtin University
Dr Crystal Abidin is a socio-cultural anthropologist who focuses on vernacular internet cultures, particularly young people’s relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability. She is most known for her work on Influencers, a multimedia form of vocational internet celebrity on social media, and has recently written about the virality of young children on social media, young people’s expression of grief on the internet, and practices of young coupling in East Asia. Reach her at wishcrys.com or @wishcrys.
Helle Marie Skovbjerg
Aalborg University, Denmark
Helle Marie Skovbjerg, Associate Professor, PhD at Aalborg University, Department of Communication, studies the relationship between play and technology. Helle studies technology as a source of inspiration for play. In addition to seeing technology as a source of inspiration, she is interested in the interaction across traditional dichotomies as technology /non-technology, and particularly how these practices shift in relation to toys, technology and media. Her perspective on play is expressed through the mood perspective.
Ben-Gurion University, Negev
Shanee Dalyot is a PhD candidate at the Communication Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University, after writing about media coverage of women movements for peace. Since 2007 she teach courses in Methodologies and Theoretical Perspectives at The School of Communication at Sapir College. Her main research interest are interaction between parents and children while using mobile media in the public sphere, and uses and gratifications of parents and children using mobile media
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Isreal