Title

Digitods: Toddlers, touch screens and Australian family life

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology

Place of Publication

Brisbane, QLD

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

20234

Comments

Originally published as: Holloway, D. J., Green, L., & Stevenson, K. (2015). Digitods: Toddlers, touch screens and Australian family life. M/C Journal, 18(5). Retrieved from http://www.journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/1024

Abstract

Children are beginning to use digital technologies at younger and younger ages. The emerging trend of very young children (babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers) using Internet connected devices, especially touch screen tablets and smartphones, has elicited polarising opinions from early childhood experts.At present there is little actual research about the risks or benefits of tablet and smartphone use by very young children. Current usage recommendations, based on research into passive television watching which claims that screen time is detrimental, is in conflict with advice from education experts and app developers who commend interactive screen time as engaging and educational.

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