Why Young Digital?

Why Young Digital

Young Digital has grown from our work with students and professionals on researching children and young people’s lives, particularly the Continuing Professional Development courses at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) and the Masters in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Who is Young Digital For?

Young Digital is for anyone with an interest in using digital media in research with children and young people:

  • Researchers in higher education, the public sector, non-governmental and commercial organisations
  • Professionals using research skills and techniques in research, consultation or participation activities with children and young people
  • Young people involved in research or consultation activities as participants, peer researchers or co-producers.


We use the terms ‘children and young people’ interchangeably throughout Young Digital to describe those between 0 and 18 years of age.

We assume that there are not upper or lower age limits to children using digital media, except where there are legal restrictions (such as 13 years and over for using some social media) and taking into account young people’s skills and ethical issues.

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“There are many reasons to use a social platform. The biggest one is to socialise with your friends. Therefore we’ve got to negotiate access if we want to do other things in those spaces.”
Tim Davies, Practical Participation