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Parent Scaffolding of Young Children When Engaged with Mobile Technology

Wood, E; Petkovski, M; De Pasquale, D; Gottardo, A; Evans, MA; Savage, RS; (2016) Parent Scaffolding of Young Children When Engaged with Mobile Technology. Frontiers in Psychology , 7 , Article 690. 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00690. Green open access

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Abstract

Shared parent–child experiences while engaged with an iPadTM were examined to determine if and then how parents interact with their children when using mobile digital devices. In total, 104 parent–child dyads participated in an observation session where parent–child interactions using the touchscreen tablet device were video recorded in order to observe first-hand the supports and exchanges between parent and child (age range 46.21–75.9 months). Results indicate that parents provide a great deal of support to their children while interacting with the touchscreen tablet device including verbal, emotional-verbal, physical and emotional-physical supports. The types of support offered did not differ as a function of parent gender or experience with mobile devices (users versus non-users). Overall, parents rated their own experience engaging with the touchscreen tablet and that of their child’s positively. Additional survey measures assessed parents’ perceptions of their child’s technology use and attitudes regarding optimal ages and conditions for introducing and using technology. Most parents indicated a preference for very early introduction to mobile technologies. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Parent Scaffolding of Young Children When Engaged with Mobile Technology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00690
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00690
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Wood, Petkovski, De Pasquale, Gottardo, Evans and Savage. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Keywords: parent–child interactions, shared-media-engagement, children and technology, use of mobile devices, iPad
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10024286
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