Digital technologies have brought a whole range of opportunities and experiences to children. Information is available within seconds, digital games can be played anywhere, social activity can be organised with two or three text messages or social media posts; yet, more than half of the world’s children cannot participate.
Exclusion from a digital childhood comes in many guises. Children may have cognitive, physical or sensory difficulties that prevent access to otherwise commonly available experiences, children may live in environments where financial and infrastructure constraints limit their ability to participate in rapidly evolving digital cultures. By developing technologies that promote social inclusion and personal accessibility we can encourage and support creativity in all children.
IDC2016 seeks to provoke the community to consider how best to create digital technologies that bring children together,creativity and erode the barriers to participation. The conference aim is to deliver ‘research that makes a difference’ and the overarching conference themes are: Accessibility, Inclusion and Creativity.