Joint Research Centre report

16 Jan 2015

New report co-authored by our team members David Smahel, Vera Kontrikova and Martina Cernikova, was published.

“Young Children (0-8) and digital technology: A qualitative exploratory study across seven countries” focuses on experiences with digital technology of both children and their parents. You can download the whole report for free from here or you can download our national report in Czech from here.

Abstract: Despite the growing number of very young children who go online and who are using a wide range of technologies, little is known about children’s interactions with those technologies. This report presents a pilot qualitative study designed and implemented in collaboration with a selected group of academic partners in different European countries that aims at pioneering in Europe the exploration of young children and their families` experiences with new technologies. It presents its results and discuss the findings at cross-national level on how children between zero and eight engage with digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers and games; how far parents mediate this engagement and their awareness on the risks-opportunities balance. The report concludes on recommendations to parents, industries and policymakers.

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