Seven myths about young children and digital technology


Digital technology is a part of our everyday lives and in the hands of very young children. Technology is constantly changing and these changes bring a concern for the well-being of young children when accessing digital technology. In the 2017 Live Wires International Keynote Address, Professor Lydia Plowman addresses the myths and the realities of technology usage by young children, both within an early childhood setting and the home. When thinking about children’s engagement with technology, how much is too much and do all apps count equally? How can we promote the positives and share the benefits of digital technology meaningfully with children?

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After completing this webinar, you will have:

  • A good understanding of current international research around the benefits and impacts of digital technology on the learning and development of young children
  • A clear understanding of the ‘myths’ of children’s engagement with digital technology, and that all screens are not equal
  • Strategies to promote rich and positive learning opportunities with children and technology.


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Presented by

Prof. Lydia Plowman

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning