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ECE webinar: Young children and digital technologies

Professors Suzy Edwards and Leon Straker discuss their Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies, including current research and practice-advice for educators and families.

As young children today are growing up in digital environments, there is an increasing need for principles, practice advice and reflection on the ways in which digital technologies might be used with, by and for young children. Professors Suzy Edwards and Leon Straker discuss their Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies as a response to this need, and share some of the current research that underpins the statement.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

1.05The Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies and how it was developed
8.42The impact of technology on social skills and relationships
13.53The impact of technology use on physical activity
16.39Early childhood setting policies and practice guidelines for digital technology use
21.56Using digital technology to support children’s play and exploration
26.28Publishing the statement and online engagement
27.09Current work with the Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies
32.02Type of devices to use in early childhood settings
36.26Concerns about screen time
39.17Managing families’ diverse perspectives on use of technology
44.17Concluding comments

Questions for exploring key ideas from this webinar

  • What are your overarching philosophy and important values, and how do these guide your choices
    around digital technology provision?
  • How do you understand children’s learning in your setting, and how might technologies facilitate
    these processes? For example, how might digital technologies afford more diverse opportunities for children’s play and exploration? In what ways might technology support children to represent their understandings?
  • Do you offer a range of opportunities to use technology that include active and more sedentary
    modes of engagement?
  • How are adults using digital technologies in your setting?
  • How do you manage permissions for using digital content, including photographs for children’s
    digital documentation?

Further reading

Download the full  Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies or its shorter summary document.

Find out more about screen time in early childhood here.