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Research on Children’s Use of Technology

March 1, 2015

In Early Childhood Ireland we are currently carrying out a small piece of research on children’s use of technology in their homes and in early childhood care and education settings. To this end we are inviting staff in ECCE settings to fill in a survey on children’s technology use.

What is the research about? Children of all ages are increasingly exposed to and becoming adept at using a variety of different technology and media, with 81% of Irish children now online. Very little, however, is known about very young children’s use of and engagement with technology and media. Yet with the prevalence of older children’s use of technology it is important to understand how ICT and media influence younger children’s everyday lives, development and education.

What is involved for ECCE staff?

We are interested in understanding the trends of children’s use of technology in early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings. In particular, we are interested in whether and how ECCE settings use ICT and media for educational purposes as well as for entertainment and communication purposes. With schools increasingly using ICT as part of their teaching but with research showing that Ireland is lacking behind its European neighbours in developing critical media literacy it is important to understand how ICT and media are used in different educational settings, including early childhood education.

 

We hope that you will help us to better understand young children’s and ECCE settings’ use of technology by filling out our 10-minute survey on your settings’ engagement with technology.

 

Complete the survey on children’s technology use.

 

 

If you are unsure about anything related to either survey we will be happy to answer any questions. Simply contact our Research Officer Maja Haals Brosnan by email mhaalsbrosnan@earlychildhoodireland.ie or phone 014040645.

Thank you for taking the time to complete these survey(s).

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