Title

Zero to eight: Very young children and the domestication of touch screen technologies in Australia

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

ANZCA

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communication and Arts/Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

18020

Comments

This article was originally published as: Green, L., & Holloway, D. (2014). Zero to eight: Very young children and the domestication of touch screen technologies in Australia. Proceedings of Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. (pp. 10p.). Melbourne, VIC. ANZCA. Original article available here

Abstract

Current figures from the UK and US show that there has been a dramatic uptake of internet use by very young children over the last 3–4 years, and a five-fold increase in tablet usage by children aged between 0-8 between 2012 and 2013 (Ofcom, 2013; Rideout, 2013). In the US “fully half (50%) of all children ages 0–8 have used mobile apps, up from just 16% in 2011” (Rideout, 2013 : 20) and in the UK “over half of 3–4 year olds have access to touchscreen tablets at home ” (Ofcom,2013: 20). Comparative Australian figures are not available, although previous studies with older children indicate that Australian data is comparable to that of high use European countries such as the UK and some Scandinavian nations (Green et al.,2011). This paper presents a critical review of available policy recommendations and guidelines regarding very young children’s internet use. It makes particular reference to the rising take–up of touchscreen technologies such as smartphones and tablets by children aged between 0–8 and calls for relevant research to be carried out within Australia

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