ERIC Number: EJ1143415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
How Technology Is Transforming the Ways in Which Children Play
Slutsky, Ruslan; DeShetler, Lori M.
Early Child Development and Care, v187 n7 p1138-1146 2017
Technology is a prominent way that young children choose to play. With new advents in technology, children are finding it easier to gain access to technology through parents' cell phones and tablets. The influx of technology in the daily lives of children is putting into question whether or not children are spending too much time engaging in such play. In the current study, data were collected on how 3-5-year-old children played on a typical weekday and weekend. Of the weekday activities, parents (n = 31) reported 53.00 hours of technology play for an average of 1.71 hours per child per day. There was an increased amount of time spent on non-technology activities listed by parents for a total of 59.25 hours and an average of 1.91 hours per child. A smaller number of parents (n = 14) recorded outdoor play, totalling 17.50 hours with an average of 1.25 hours per child.
Descriptors: Play, Information Technology, Preschool Children, Mixed Methods Research, Preschool Education, Parent Surveys, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Occupations, Parent Background, Comparative Analysis, Parenting Styles
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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