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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The technologisation of childhood? Young children and technology in the home
Authors: Plowman, Lydia
McPake, Joanna
Stephen, Christine
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Keywords: children
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell / National Children's Bureau
Citation: Plowman L, McPake J & Stephen C (2010) The technologisation of childhood? Young children and technology in the home, Children and Society, 24 (1), pp. 63-74.
Abstract: We describe an eighteen-month empirical investigation of three- and four-year-old children’s uses of technology at home, based on a survey of 346 families and 24 case studies. The findings are reported in the context of social commentators’ anxieties about the ways in which childhood is being transformed by technology. Although we report evidence of some parental disquiet about the role of technology in children’s lives we illustrate some of the complexities in families’ attitudes to, and uses of, technology and conclude that it is not perceived by parents to be the threat to modern childhood that is claimed.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Published in Children and Society. Copyright: Wiley-Blackwell / National Children's Bureau.; The definitive version is available at; Rights as indicated by Exclusive Licence Form:
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