Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.
Chapter 24: Early Learning and Healthy Development in a Digital Age
Early Learning and Healthy Development in a Digital Age
Children, especially in early childhood, are rapidly developing and highly influenced by their context. The study of early childhood learning and healthy development cannot take place today without considering the influence of pervasive digital media and technologies. In comparison to older children and adults, people often perceive young children as the most vulnerable and susceptible to the power of digital technology (Lemish, 2014). Over the past 50 years, new and repeated concerns have been noted from parents, policy makers, educators and other stakeholders regarding the impact that digital media may have on children's learning and development (see Wartella and Robb, ...