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Seven Myths about Young Children and Technology
Children are naturals when it comes to technology.
Ask any parent of a four-year-old and they will tell you that their child knows more than they do, that children have a natural affinity for digital media and that they pick it up so fast that it’s a struggle to keep one step ahead. Sounds familiar? Or maybe you’ve been talking to the parents who think that it isn’t quite natural for children to be playing with technology, and that they should be reading books or playing outside. Or the people in the know who tell you that play is learning. How do media professionals steer a course around these positions about preschoolers using technology? What lessons can be learnt from research in this field? Over the last eight years, Joanna McPake and Lydia Plowman have carried out a series of detailed case studies of children’s everyday lives at home. In this session, they consider some of the widespread myths about children’s experiences with technologies and what we know about parenting, childhoods, play and learning in a digital age.