Young children (0-8) and digital technology – What changes in one year? (Spain National Report)

Aliagas, C; Matsumoto, M; Morgade, M; Correro, C; Galera, N. and Poveda, D. (2017). Young children (0-8) and digital technology – What changes in one year? (Spain National Report). Papers Infancia_c n° 20, 1-65.

The study is a part of a larger qualitative study carried out across 7 European countries sponsored by the EU Joint Research Centre aimed at exploring the changes in one year that children aged between 0 and 8 years experience in relation to (a) their use and representation of digital technologies, e.g. smart phones, tablets, computers, TVs, video-games, etc. and; (b) the mediating strategies of their families. This study in Spain is a step further of previous fieldwork (Matsumoto et al., 2016; Galera, Matsumoto and Poveda, 2016), which focused on the ways in which children and their families engage with and perceive new (online) technologies and to what extent technology empowers (or not) families. This second study focuses on a single overall research question: what changes in one year? This research question is addressed considering the four areas that structured the previous study: Use, Perceptions/Attitudes, Individual context, and Family context. This national report of Spain is written based on data generated by interviewing 6 families of which 5 have at least one child between 8-9 years of age and 1 has one child of 5 years of age.

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