Computer use by preschool children: rethinking practice as digital natives come to preschool

Robyn Zevenbergen, Helen Logan

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Abstract

This paper reports on the outcomes of a survey implemented in a large regional community of Australia. The survey was completed by parents of children aged 4-5 years and attending local early childhood centres. The survey identified the types of access and use of computers by preschool children. It was found that the children of the respondents had significant access to computers in the home (85%) and were skilled in many facets of computer use. Computers were used for a range of activities, some educational and others recreational. Gender differences in computer use were also noted. The study highlights the changing clientele of early childhood settings and the implications for practice in a field where computer technology is often seen as the antithesis of good practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume33
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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