Comparative global knowledge about the use of digital technologies for learning among young children

Authored by: Sonia Livingstone , Sun Sun Lim , Anulekha Nandi , Becky Pham

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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Remarkably little is known of young children’s access to digital technologies around the world, let alone the learning and literacy practices that might result. This is remarkable since children – especially the youngest children increasingly born into an already-digital world – are the focus of considerable public and policy interest regarding their supposed “natural” affinity for all things digital. There is considerable speculation about how this could open up new educational and participatory opportunities as well as expose them to new sources of vulnerability and risks of harm (Holloway, Green and Livingstone 2013; Livingstone et al. 2017b). With speculation rife that the pace of global internet and mobile adoption continually outstrips the capacity of parents, educators or governments to provide for children’s wellbeing in the digital environment, the paucity of sound research is problematic.

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