Research Sessions 8 & 9
Friday 5th July 2013, 9:30am - 10:30am BST
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8. Keep Taking the Tablets: iPads, Young Children and Story Apps
The rapid proliferation of story and game apps aimed at the early years has contributed to the iPad’s visibility as a device for family entertainment and informal education. It is often claimed that iPads and other touch screen devices place sophisticated media in the hands of users. Moreover some have argued that the iPad is particularly appealing for young children because of its weight, portability and intuitive touch screen interface. Our study looks to explore if this is the case through conducting a close analysis of young children (aged under 3). In particular we also look at story app sharing interactions either alone or with adults. The approach undertaken and findings highlight some important issues for practitioners and media producers which can be taken away from this session.
The two overarching aims of the study from which the data has been taken from were:
1. To examine the interaction of young children when accessing books on iPads.
2. To identify the ways in which the technology supports early literacy development.
9. A Better Internet for Children: Are We There Yet?
On Safer Internet Day 2013, the UK Safer Internet Centre launched the findings of the largest UK survey of the digital lives of children.
This research session will present the findings from the primary age survey of over 11,000 children age 7-11, as well as insights from focus groups including:
• Age trends in use of online communication platforms, including social networks, IM and video chat
• Creativity online
• The need for more online content designed for children
• Take-up and understanding of privacy settings
• Use of reporting tools on social networks
• Top online concerns and age trends in exposure to cyberbullying and upsetting content
• Children’s rights online: what do they expect from the internet? Are we there yet?
This research will provide action points for content and service providers, educators and all those working to make the internet a great and safe place for children.