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Rules of engagement: family rules on young children’s access to and use of technologies

Chaudron, Stephane, Marsh, Jackie, Donoso Navarette, Veronica, Ribbens, Wannes, Mascheroni, Giovanna, Smahel, David, Cernikova, Martina, Dreier, Michael, Korkeamäki, Riitta-Liisa, Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862, Ottovordemgentschenfelde, Svenja, Plowman, Lydia, Fletcher-Watson, Ben, Richardson, Janice, Shlyapnikov, Vladimir and Soldatova, Galina (2018) Rules of engagement: family rules on young children’s access to and use of technologies. In: Digital Childhoods:: Technologies and Children’s Everyday Lives. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development. Springer Nature Singapore, Singapore, 131 – 145. ISBN 9789811064838

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-981-10-6484-5_9


This chapter reports on a study conducted in seven countries in which young children’s (aged under 8) digital practices in the home were examined. The study explored family practices with regard to access to and use of technologies, tracing the ways in which families managed risks and opportunities. Seventy families participated in the study and interviews were undertaken with both parents and children, separately and together, in order to address the research aims. This chapter focuses on the data relating to parental mediation of young children’s digital practices. Findings indicate that parents used a narrow range of strategies in comparison to parents of older children, primarily because they considered their children too young to be at risk when using technologies. However, children’s own reports suggested that some were able to access online sites independently from a young age and would have benefitted from more support and intervention. The implications of the study for future research and practice are considered.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 12:03
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:00

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