Young children and tablets: the views of parents and teachers

NEUMANN, Michelle M, MERCHANT, Guy and BURNETT, Cathy (2018). Young children and tablets: the views of parents and teachers. Early Child Development and Care, 1-12. (In Press)

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Touch screen tablets are now widely available and due to the increasing use of these technologies in homes and early years centres, it is important to consider parent and teacher views about their use. This paper reports on an interview study which explored the perspectives of four parents of children aged 20–36 months and their two teachers in one early learning centre in the north of England. Key findings were that parents and teachers had a positive perspective on young children’s use of tablets and viewed them as educationally valuable. They expressed that they did not wish children to be left behind in learning about new technologies and emphasized having a ‘balanced’ approach to tablets. However, there were also concerns voiced over the potential overuse and misuse of tablets at home suggesting more guidance for parents is needed to support young children’s experiences with tablets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems; 1701 Psychology
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Page Range: 1-12
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2018 09:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:36

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