Supporting Student Well-being in the Digital Age

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An OECD expert panel will come together to discuss what governments and schools can do to support student well-being in the digital age:

Tuesday 15 December
12 noon

What is the nature of childhood today? On a number of measures, modern children’s lives have clearly improved thanks to better public safety and support for their physical and mental health. Digital technologies help children to learn, socialise and unwind, and older, better educated parents are increasingly playing an active role in their children’s education. At the same time, 21st century children are reporting more stress and anxiety, including increased pressure to excel in an ever more competitive educational environment. There are worries that children are spending less time on old-fashioned activities like running around outside in favour of screen time. In addition to limitless online opportunities, the omnipresent nature of the digital world brings new risks, like cyber bullying, that follow children from the schoolyard into their homes.

The COVID-19 pandemic was a forceful reminder that schools are not just places of academic learning. They are part of the social fabric of our communities, and schools and teachers are increasingly called to support the physical, social and emotional health and well-being of children. But how do we do this effectively?

Moderated by Monika Queisser, Senior Counsellor and Head of Social Policy Division in the OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, join a expert panel to discuss what governments and schools can do to support child well-being in the digital age:

– Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, OECD Deputy Secretary-General
– Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills
– Andrew Wyckoff, OECD Director for Science, Technology and Innovation
– Romina Boarini, OECD Acting Director of the Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE) Centre

Tuesday 15 December
12 noon

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives.

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