Researching Toddlers Tech and Talk

Published 8 March 2023

Dr. Lorna Arnott, Director of Early Years at Strathclyde University, tells us about research exploring how babies and toddlers use technologies in everyday life and the associated literacy learning.

Digital media are a commonplace feature in contemporary family life. From birth, almost every child born in the UK has a digital footprint and digital media begin to influence how they live and learn. Around them, families are likely to watch internet-connected TVs and use smartphones or tablets to interact with distant family and friends. Very young children’s earliest toys might be digital or have digital components, such as Smart toys, educational or games apps and digital books.

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