Singaporean Parents’ Views of Their Young Children’s Access and Use of Technological Devices

Ebbeck,M, Yim,HYB, Chan,Y and Goh,M 2016, Singaporean Parents’ Views of Their Young Children’s Access and Use of Technological Devices, Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 127-134, doi: 10.1007/s10643-015-0695-4.

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Title Singaporean Parents’ Views of Their Young Children’s Access and Use of Technological Devices
Author(s) Ebbeck,M
Journal name Early Childhood Education Journal
Volume number 44
Issue number 2
Start page 127
End page 134
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 1082-3301
Keyword(s) Children
Touch screens
Summary Debates continue about the access young children have to technological devices, given the increasingly accessible and available technology in most developed countries. Concerns have been expressed by parents/caregivers and researchers, and questions have been raised about possible risks and benefits of these devices on young children who, in some instances, may be accessing these devices daily. Levin (2013) states that it is as if children are being remote controlled by the scripts of others (television, videos, electronic toys) which undermine children’s abilities to create their own learning scripts. This study investigated 1,058 parents’/caregivers’ views of their children’s (aged below 7 years) access and time spent on technology devices. Parents’/caregivers’ views on risks and benefits associated with the use of the emerging touch screen devices were also sought. The context for this research was Singapore which, according to a survey in 2012 by Ericsson, has one of the highest usage rates of smartphones and touchscreen devices in the world. The findings may help researchers, parents/caregivers and teachers to further their understanding of young children’s development in the twenty-first century.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10643-015-0695-4
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2014
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