What is digital wellbeing?
Children's wellbeing online is impacted in many ways, both positive and negative. Our wellbeing programme highlights what these impacts might be so we can help families and educators keep children safe online.
Additionally, our findings work to inform actions needed by both Industry and Government to make the online space as safe as it can be for children and the most vulnerable.
Children’s Wellbeing in a Digital World Index
The digital world is a key part of many children’s lives as it constantly grows and changes. Yet, the social norms and protections are often much slower to resolve, which means there remain considerable concerns. Much of the growth and changes are unregulated, with few social and legal constraints protecting children and young people.
Children’s Wellbeing in a Digital World takes responses from an annual survey that asks questions to both parents and children.
The Index helps to track changes in children’s online experiences year-on-year. Its findings highlights important opportunities to support all children and help them flourish in a digital world.
Additionally, those creating digital products, settings policy agenda or otherwise supporting, educating or parenting children can make informed decisions on how to do so.
Supporting children’s online safety
Research from the Index emphasises the importance of supportive home environments and offers insights into the digital tools needed to help manage children’s wellbeing. Importantly, it highlights the areas in which children’s wellbeing might be most affected, including as they relate to children with vulnerabilities.
The Digital Wellbeing Index helps guide Internet Matters’ creation of resources and tools to support parents, carers and educators. Moreover, it helps inform sectors in Education and Policy to take action in ways that will most benefit children’s growth and safety as they interact with their online world.