Use of touchscreen technology by 0-3-year-old children: Parents’ practices and perspectives in Norway, Portugal and Japan

Dardanou, Maria and Brito, Rita and Dia, Patricia and Fotakopoulou, Olga and Sakata, Yoko and O'Connor, Jane (2020) Use of touchscreen technology by 0-3-year-old children: Parents’ practices and perspectives in Norway, Portugal and Japan. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. ISSN 1468-7984

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Abstract

This paper discusses findings from online surveys completed by parents of 0-3-year-old children in Norway, Portugal and Japan concerning their young children’s use of touchscreen technology. The study investigated parental practices, views and perspectives related to children’s digital practices and explored these in relation to wider cultural discourses around early childhood in the participant countries. The study adopted Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory to inform the questionnaire and interpretative data analysis of how parents’ views and experiences are influenced by a wide range of social, cultural and personal factors. The findings demonstrate some coherence between beliefs among parents regarding very young children’s use of touchscreen technologies and their place in the children’s home lives. Quantitative and qualitative results highlight that the respondents from all countries expressed the need for further guidance regarding technology use, and better communication with early education and care centres. The study findings are discussed in relation to the reported uses of touchscreen technologies in the three different cultural contexts, parents’ views on the benefits and/or disadvantages of children’s touchscreen technology use, and the potential influences of dominant cultural discourses on parents’ perceptions, views and practices.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1468798420938445
Date: 5 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross-cultural, discourses, early years, parents, touchscreen technology
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 13:53
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 15:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9333

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