Digital Play in Early Childhood: What’s the Problem?


Mona Sakr

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    About the Author

    Dr Mona Sakr is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood at Middlesex University. Her research explores play and creativity in early childhood education with a particular interest in how digital technologies are changing the way that children play and create.


    This book involves close observation of children engaging in digital play in a range of settings, including nurseries, schools and the family home. The book therefore wouldn’t have been possible without the kind participation of the children, their parents and caregivers, and in some cases, their teachers in the research from which these observations arose. So my first set of thanks must be given to all of the children who feature in the book and all of the adults who have enabled these children to participate in the research. Thank you so much for making this book possible!

    I am grateful to all my students at Middlesex University. Your interest in children’s digital play – and your willingness to grapple with the implications of contemporary society for children’s everyday lives – is the main inspiration underpinning this book. As I wrote the book, my students were constantly in my mind and my greatest hope is that the book feels relevant, interesting and accessible to them.

    I also want to express my gratitude to my colleagues at Middlesex University, particularly those in the Education Department, and within this, all the staff teaching on BA Early Childhood Studies and BA Education Studies. I am so incredibly lucky to be part of such a supportive and all-round lovely team! I am in awe of the expertise and dedication of those surrounding me in a professional context, and it is a pleasure to write a book such as this amidst such a wonderful group of individuals.

    Finally, I am – as always – indebted to my family and wish to express that here. I am indebted to my parents’ encouragement, my husband Tom’s unwavering support and the brilliance of our children Leyla and Ishmael (who turn up every so often among the pages of this book).

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