Building a Better Tech Future for Kids

On September 14, 2022, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center was thrilled to co-host Building a Better Tech Future for Children with our colleagues at All Tech Is Human.

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, Senior Manager, Digital Child Safety at the LEGO Group, delivered a keynote address that inspired us all. She discussed the Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children (RITEC) project and the importance of designing digital media experiences with children’s well-being in mind.

David Ryan Polgar (All Tech is Human) introduced a panel led by Mina Aslan (Headstream) featuring Emma Leiken (Omidyar), Bre’Lynn Lombard (TikTok), Ishva Mehta (Headstream Accelerator), Michael Rich (Digital Wellness Lab), and Guilherma Souza (Headstream Accelerator).

Together, they discussed what “digital well-being” means to young people who are growing up in a world in which the boundaries between digital and analog are blurring. What are steps that policymakers or media and technology producers can take to build digital experiences that foster a sense of well-being? What should children and families do to ensure positive experiences?

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We are so grateful to all of our partners and participants who came together with a shared commitment to create a tech future that prioritizes wellbeing, creativity, and authenticity for children … and for all of us. 

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