Webs of relationships

Young children’s engagement with Web searching

Authored by: Susan Danby , Christina Davidson

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood

Print publication date:  July  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138303881
eBook ISBN: 9780203730638
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Digital texts in young children’s lives offer new possibilities for young readers to engage in literate childhoods. Becomingly increasingly available to young children, digital texts include communication and social network platforms, such as Skype, email and social media sites. Surprising to some, though, young children also are regularly using the Internet and associated Web to seek information and engage in Web searching (Beheshti et al. 2005; Bilal and Ellis 2011). A recent global report estimates that one third of all Internet users across the globe are children, with the percentage likely to be higher in lower income countries (Livingstone et al. 2015). Not only is the percentage of child users increasing, so too is the time that children spend online (Duarte Torres et al. 2014). While the Internet is commonly used to refer to both Internet and Web activities, they are different. The Internet is a network (e.g. networked electronic devices such as computers and mobile technologies), and the World Wide Web (the Web) is one way to access the Internet through software made visible through a computer browser (e.g. Google, Explorer).

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