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Seven myths about young children and digital technology: where we are in 2017


Digital technology is a part of our everyday lives, and in the hands of very young children. Technology is constantly changing and these changes bring a concern for the wellbeing of young children when accessing digital technology. In the 2017 Live Wires International Keynote Address, Professor Lydia Plowman addresses the myths and the realities of technology usage by young children, both within an early childhood setting and the home. When thinking about children’s engagement with technology, how much is too much and do all apps count equally? How can we promote the positives and share the benefits of digital technology meaningfully with children?

After watching this webinar, you will have:

  • A good understanding of current international research around the benefits and impacts of digital technology on the learning and development of young children
  • A clear understanding of the ‘myths’ of children’s engagement with digital technology, and that all screens are not equal
  • Strategies to promote rich and positive learning opportunities with children and technology.

Lydia Plowman

Professor Lydia Plowman is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and Dean of Research in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been conducting research that focuses on children and digital media for more than twenty years and is particularly interested in digital play and the ways in which technology is integrated into family life and the home. Lydia enjoys exploring ways for young children to be active participants in research as well as involving family members and educators in such a way that we can gain insights into their practices, values and attitudes.