Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is the peak early childhood advocacy organisation, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. ECA advocates to ensure that every child is thriving and learning.
The ECA Statement on young children and digital technologies was developed in response to an identified need for guidance for early childhood professionals on the role and optimal use of digital technologies with, by and for young children in early childhood education and care settings. This need has grown as children are increasingly growing up in digital contexts.
ECA established and worked in consultation with an advisory Digital Policy Group, which comprised representatives of Australian-based organisations and academics with an interest and expertise in young children and digital technologies.
This Statement on young children and digital technologies is informed by sector consultation, published research and expert advice from within Australia and internationally. Extensive sector engagement included a national online survey (Zabatiero, Straker, Mantilla, Edwards & Danby, 2018), social media participation and feedback on a publicly released Discussion Paper (ECA, 2018). Young children were also consulted on their perspectives about digital technologies in early childhood education and care settings.
Expert advice was sought regarding young children and digital technologies in areas including health and wellbeing, ethics and citizenship, and digital media consumption.
In addition, a critical review of specifically relevant literature was completed.
SOURCE: Edwards S, Straker L, and Oakey H. “Statement on young Children and Digital Technologies.” Early Childhood Australia, September 2018.
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