Caregiver perspectives on children’s digital technology use

By Curtin University

Researchers from Curtin University are gathering caregiver perspectives on young children’s digital technology use and factors related to it, such as social and cultural background

What’s the project about?

This research project is about parental/caregivers’ perspectives towards the digital technology use of young children aged between 0-5 years and factors that potentially relate to it, such as social and cultural background. Digital technology is a tool that creates, stores or processes data. This can include screen-based devices such as TVs and smartphones and non-screen based such as home assistants. Using any device with a screen is what we refer to as screen time. Access to and use of digital devices has increased and has moved beyond TVs to include smartphones and tablets for reasons such as entertainment and education. Evidence suggests digital technology use has an impact on young children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development. Australian guidelines recommend no screen time for children under 2 years and less than 1 hour for children 2-4 years. As of 2018, 63-72% of children exceed these guidelines. At present, there is not enough research that provides information about the type of devices young children use and for what purpose, the influence of parental/caregiver perspectives and demographic factors such as cultural background and education on digital technology use. Our project aims to cover this gap to provide evidence on factors influencing digital technology use of young children between 0-5 years. The findings will help inform further research and advice to support healthy digital technology use by young children.

Who can participate?

Researchers are looking for parents/caregivers of young children between 0-5 years old, who can complete an online survey in English.

How do I participate?

The study will involve you completing a one-off 20–30-minute online survey. We will ask you questions about yourself and your family, your perspectives on young children’s use of digital technology, and about your children’s use of digital technology. Once you complete the survey and click submit, we will receive your response. There will be no cost to you for taking part in this research and you will have the chance to enter a draw to win one of three $50 Coles/Myer gift cards.

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Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number 2022-0266). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email [email protected]