Smart phones and tablets in the early years : a waste of time or a valuable opportunity for accessing information and communicating?

Danby, Susan (2013) Smart phones and tablets in the early years : a waste of time or a valuable opportunity for accessing information and communicating? Reflections, 53, pp. 15-17.

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Abstract

New digital media surrounds us. Little is known, however, about the influence of technology devices such as tablets (e.g. iPads) and smart phones on young children’s lives in home and school settings, and what it means for them throughout their schooling and beyond. Most research to date has focused on children aged six years and older, and much less (with a few exceptions) on preschool-aged children. This article draws on parent interviews to show how family members engage with technology as part of the flow of everyday life. Only time and increased understandings of everyday practices will tell the real values and scope of using digital media.

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ID Code: 81837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: digital technology, mobile technology, parents, children, preschool
ISSN: 144-5387
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Continuing and Community Education (130101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Gowrie Australia
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2015 22:54
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2015 04:47

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