Young Learners in the Digital Age

Authored by: Christine Stephen

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-5

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Abstract

The cultural and critical perspectives underpinning this chapter acknowledge the opportunities for new ways of knowing afforded by digital technologies and the expectations of contemporary society. The chapter argues for a nuanced, situated understanding of young children’s encounters with digital media and draws upon empirical evidence to review the place of digital technologies in the everyday lives of young learners from birth to eight years. Relationships, values, choices, and the practices of the young children themselves, and their parents and educators, all influence how children learn, play, and make use of digital resources, both at home and in educational settings.

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