Critically examining the fears that commonly surround young children's play involving digital technologies, this book seeks to address each of the negatives and present the positive possibilities of technology when it comes to early childhood. Using observations of children in play and cutting-edge research, this book will empower students and build their confidence so that they are able to challenge perceptions and think creatively about how they can use technology. Each chapter includes case studies, research spotlights, activities and annotated further reading to help students develop their critical thinking, deepen their research and connect theory with practice.

Digital Technologies and Outdoor Play

Digital Technologies and Outdoor Play


This chapter focuses on the relationship between digital technologies and outdoor play. The chapter:

  • evaluates evidence that digital play is to blame for the decline of outdoor play among children in the West;
  • presents the debate between those who see digital technologies as detracting from the fulfilment of children’s deepest play instincts, based on a desire to connect directly with nature, and those who suggest that technology has always been a part of the human relationship with nature and that digital play is simply an extension of this;
  • examines material and social factors that typically prevent digital play from unfolding in the outdoor environment of early years learning environments, and considers how we can ‘shake up’ these environments ...
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