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The influence of children's gender and age on children's use of digital media at home

Kucirkova, N; Littleton, K; Kyparissiadis, A; (2018) The influence of children's gender and age on children's use of digital media at home. British Journal of Educational Technology , 49 (3) 545-550=9. 10.1111/bjet.12543. Green open access

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Abstract

This study is the first to systematically investigate the influence of child gender and age, on parents' perceptions of UK children's digital media use at home. It provides an in-depth exploration of how children's age and gender influence the balance between children's use of digital and non-digital media at home. The data draw on 709 parents' responses to an open-ended question asked in the context of a national survey investigating the digital reading habits of children, conducted in 2015. Parents' responses were analysed using content and thematic analysis, which yielded eight main categories, collapsed into three major themes: control, child's healthy development and diversity of experiences. Quantitative analyses evidenced that more parents of boys were concerned about the health implications of their children's digital media use and this was a concern especially for parents of the youngest (0-2-year-old) children. More parents of 6-8-year olds cited the appeal of technology as the main reason for the perceived imbalance in their children's engagement with digital media. The study provides a more secure understanding of the factors that influence parental perceptions of their children's digital media use at home, which has implications for policy-makers, digital designers and early years professionals.

Type: Article
Title: The influence of children's gender and age on children's use of digital media at home
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12543
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12543
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kucirkova, N., Littleton, K. and Kyparissiadis, A. (2017), The influence of children's gender and age on children's use of digital media at home., in: Br J Educ Technol. doi:10.1111/bjet.12543, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12543. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
UCL classification: UCL
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 - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536703
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