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Parental Reports on Touch Screen Use in Early Childhood.

Cristia A, Seidl A - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: A brief online questionnaire queried over 450 French parents of infants between the ages of 5 and 40 months on their young child's use of touch-screen technology.Parents estimated frequency of use, and further completed several checklists.Additionally, these parental reports point to clear developmental trends for certain types of interactive gestures.

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Affiliation: Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, Paris, France.

ABSTRACT
Touch screens are increasingly prevalent, and anecdotal evidence suggests that young children are very drawn towards them. Yet there is little data regarding how young children use them. A brief online questionnaire queried over 450 French parents of infants between the ages of 5 and 40 months on their young child's use of touch-screen technology. Parents estimated frequency of use, and further completed several checklists. Results suggest that, among respondent families, the use of touch screens is widespread in early childhood, meaning that most children have some exposure to touch screens. Among child users, certain activities are more frequently reported to be liked than others, findings that we discuss in light of current concern for children's employment of time and the cognitive effects of passive media exposure. Additionally, these parental reports point to clear developmental trends for certain types of interactive gestures. These results contribute to the investigation of touch screen use on early development and suggest a number of considerations that should help improve the design of applications geared towards toddlers, particularly for scientific purposes.

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Frequency of use by age.Data is grouped in deciles to even the number of infants in each frequency of use category; “<1×” stands for “less than once a”; “wk” stands for “week” and “mth” for “month”.
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pone.0128338.g001: Frequency of use by age.Data is grouped in deciles to even the number of infants in each frequency of use category; “<1×” stands for “less than once a”; “wk” stands for “week” and “mth” for “month”.

Mentions: The stacked histograms in Fig 1 represent the number of parents who selected a given response among the options indicating frequency of use. The abscissa is given in deciles to permit an easier visual inspection, as the number of infants varied greatly as a function of age.


Parental Reports on Touch Screen Use in Early Childhood.

Cristia A, Seidl A - PLoS ONE (2015)

Frequency of use by age.Data is grouped in deciles to even the number of infants in each frequency of use category; “<1×” stands for “less than once a”; “wk” stands for “week” and “mth” for “month”.
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pone.0128338.g001: Frequency of use by age.Data is grouped in deciles to even the number of infants in each frequency of use category; “<1×” stands for “less than once a”; “wk” stands for “week” and “mth” for “month”.
Mentions: The stacked histograms in Fig 1 represent the number of parents who selected a given response among the options indicating frequency of use. The abscissa is given in deciles to permit an easier visual inspection, as the number of infants varied greatly as a function of age.

Bottom Line: A brief online questionnaire queried over 450 French parents of infants between the ages of 5 and 40 months on their young child's use of touch-screen technology.Parents estimated frequency of use, and further completed several checklists.Additionally, these parental reports point to clear developmental trends for certain types of interactive gestures.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, EHESS, CNRS), Département d'Etudes Cognitives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University, Paris, France.

ABSTRACT
Touch screens are increasingly prevalent, and anecdotal evidence suggests that young children are very drawn towards them. Yet there is little data regarding how young children use them. A brief online questionnaire queried over 450 French parents of infants between the ages of 5 and 40 months on their young child's use of touch-screen technology. Parents estimated frequency of use, and further completed several checklists. Results suggest that, among respondent families, the use of touch screens is widespread in early childhood, meaning that most children have some exposure to touch screens. Among child users, certain activities are more frequently reported to be liked than others, findings that we discuss in light of current concern for children's employment of time and the cognitive effects of passive media exposure. Additionally, these parental reports point to clear developmental trends for certain types of interactive gestures. These results contribute to the investigation of touch screen use on early development and suggest a number of considerations that should help improve the design of applications geared towards toddlers, particularly for scientific purposes.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus