Growing up With technology: young children learning in a digital world

Joanna McPake, Lydia Plowman, Christine Stephen, Lydia Plowman (Editor), Christine Stephen (Editor), Joanna McPake (Editor)

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First paragraph: The children in our studies were three or four years old. Like Andy and Evie they used technologies in different ways. They went to nursery, enjoyed active lives, and engaged in a diverse range of pursuits with friends and family. Whilst all the children had exposure to technologies at home their experiences varied: some children lived in homes with high levels of technology but preferred to read books, draw pictures or play with toys. Other children lived in homes where parents lacked confidence or interest in how to use technology and yet the children were able to find creative ways of integrating technology into their play. Andy was a keen Game Boy player, enjoyed surfing the web with his Dad but also liked dressing up, football and swimming. Evie's favourite toy was the LeapPad but, apart from that, she did not show much interest in technology, preferring to look after her guinea pigs, play hopscotch or draw pictures.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages180
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2009


  • technology
  • young children
  • learning
  • digital


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